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Perfect Your Fundamental CAD Technology - optimize in-house technology before adopting latest cutting-edge hardware, software developments, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 29, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

PDF Collaboration -  Bluebeam Revu 15 has 'batch overlay, compare documents' utility to simplify process of overlay comparisons, sketch tools to draw polygons, polylines, rectangles, ellipses on PDF documents to scale, David Chadwick, CAD User, Mar 2015 (more Revu reviews, PDF articles)

Simulating Antenna Crosstalk on an Airplane - simulating crosstalk on airplane's fuselage in COMSOL Multiphysics, Brianne Costa, COMSOL Blog, Apr 29, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Selecting the Right CAD Model for Reverse Engineering - most common CAD model formats developed for specific applications: Polygonal Modeling (STL), NURBS, Parametric, hybrid, Gaurang Trivedi, TrueCADD, Apr 29, 2015 (more reverse engineering articles)

Free and Easy - Vectorworks has ability to select faces, shell, deform tools, customizable free-form modeling palette, surface array command to create array of windows or other facade feature, David Chadwick, CAD User, Mar 2015 (more Vectorworks reviews)

Introduction to Reality Computing - definition, fundamentals: capture, timeline of 3D scanning development, create, deliver, digital, physical realizations, value of reality computing, industry ramifications, AUGI Library, Apr 28, 2015 (more AEC articles, 3D scanners articles)

Midwest University - CTC showcased various add-on tools, MSI showed its thin, light mobile workstations, discussion panel on tools for infrastructure design, status of BIM in FM, benefits of BIM to owner, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Apr 20, 2015 (more AEC articles)

What's New in AutoCAD 2016: Rendering - new Rapid RT rendering engine offers physical based lighting rendering, provides option to choose low, medium or high quality render presets, setup lighting, background with image based lighting environment, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Apr 30, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Top Updates for Plant 3D 2016 - recognizes offset tolerances, allows spec administration, new iso start points offer iso repeatability, 3D line groups in data manager now makes custom views with line groups fully functional, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Apr 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Adding Wiggle to Jigsaw Puzzles in AutoCAD Using .NET - add WIGL command that applies wiggle to tabs of existing jigsaws, influence calculation of wiggle by wiggle factor, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Apr 30, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Need to Move a Plant Vault Project to a Different Server? Here's How to Do It - detach original project from Vault, open SQLite project to log onto Vault, invoke PLANTPROJECTTOVAULT command to convert project, else keep backup of Vault, SQL, check hidden folders in new Vault server, Dan Scales, In the Pipes, Apr 29, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Exporting Dynamic Block from Current Drawing as an Authoring Element - invoke WBLOCK command to create authoring element, select dynamic block from list of options in current drawing before generating destination database in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 29, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How to Show Existing and Proposed Conditions in a Section - create 2 code set styles, 2 assemblies to model existing, proposed conditions, 2 corridors that uses existing, proposed set up, generate sample line group with appropriate styles in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Apr 29, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Overrule Pipe Network Part in Profile View - obtain database if entity is database resident, get model part type, apply simple overrule skeleton to change pipe or structure representation on Civil 3D profile view, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Apr 30, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Dissecting the RTV Xporter Pro Add-In for Autodesk Revit - aimed at Revit professional, functions of RTV Xporter Pro are centered around manipulating views, sheets, related parameters, can save settings of entire process as an XML configuration file, Francis Sebastian, CADdigest.com, May 1, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Levels and Grids - Beginning to End - uncheck box for text on right, check box at left side, draw levels in same way as they are drawn first time to place level text on left for all Revit views, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Apr 30, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Automating Placement of Lights Families - select family file with light fixture, choose one symbol on family just loaded, choose reference plane, space, pick box on project before placing all family instances in Revit, Augusto Goncalves, AEC DevBlog, Apr 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Live Revit Element Rendering in Remote WebGL Viewer - retrieve geometry to be rendered by analyzing element geometry of selected Revit element, generating lists of face vertices, send HTTP POST request, display result in browser before installing Node.js on Windows, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2016 - Edit Multiple Wall Joins - apply window selection, tab key to select several wall intersections at once, realize importance of selecting both walls at each intersection in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating a SOLIDWORKS Assembly from a McMaster-Carr 3D CAD File - open 3D file, navigate to save bodies, click on 'auto assign names,' deselect consume cut bodies, open new assembly to group components, form new sub-assembly before adding concentric, width mates, Christopher Mowatt, CAPUniversity, Apr 29, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Global Variables for All of Your Parts in SOLIDWORKS - open equations dialog box, turn on 'link to external file' checkbox, apply button with 3 dots in it before linking SOLIDWORKS part to text file, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 29, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Keep Features - tool allows making design changes, adding/changing fillets, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Apr 29, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Finding Your Center of Mass - create handy reference points to true center of mass of parts, assemblies, drawing, YouTube, Apr 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Choosing a New GPU for Your CAD Workload on a Budget - NVIDIA's recommended graphics solutions for SOLIDWORKS, use free resources provided by company that built workstation, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 29, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Replacing Testing on Sports Gear with FEA - researchers examine whether FEA can replace field testing for golf balls, other sports gear, Stephen Mraz, Machine Design, Apr 27, 2015 (more FEA articles)

CAD Market Reaches $8B in 2014 - growth should translate to annual revenue of $8.7B by year 2017 with compound annual growth rate of 4%, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 29, 2015 (more CAD industry articles)

ArchiCAD - Landscape Tips and Tricks - grass as CineRender photo option can be manipulated, set to create from realistic grass to several other different shapes of plants, ArchiCAD SADC, Apr 24, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

External Storage for Mobile Workstations - reviews of Akitio Palm Raid Thunderbolt drive, Samsung T1 SSD, Samsung M.2 SSD, Seagate Backup Plus Slim mechanical drive, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 22, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - Half Tone Gridlines - apply lock layer tool to lock appropriate layer, type fade, enter new value to change appearance of gridlines, John Flanagan, CADline, Apr 29, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD: Island Detection in the Hatch Command - launch HATCH command, right click to select settings, open, expand 'hatch and gradient' dialog to pick island detection option, or apply HPISLANDDETECTION system variable to set option, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 14: 3D Solid Models and 2D Drawings - discusses reduced need of 2D drawings with advent of 3D printing, relevance of FLATTEN, FLATSHOT, VIEWBASE commands for converting 3D solid model into 2D drawing in AutoCAD, Patrick Hughes, CAD Speed, Apr 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Network License Manager Upgrade - uninstall license manager before installing new one, close LMTools, ensure that license manager is not located in multiple locations before installing new license manager, visit start/stop/reread tab to stop server, Jon McCoy, MasterGraphics, Apr 24, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Finding If PalettSet is Newly Created - set default docking of PaletteSet to DockSides in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 29, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Projecting Objects in AutoCAD Civil 3D - recognize option availability when profile view is selected to project first object from plan view to profile, select, configure object to show up with user customized options for display, Mick Reynolds, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Apr 29, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Pipe Network Design Styles in Civil 3D - change direction of flow on reaching low/high point in associated profile, apply 'major minor H+V geometry points' to set label, allow user to read high point information, before low point information, Mick Reynolds, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Apr 29, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Undocumented Command CONVERTLINEWORKTOMASKBLOCK - run command, select closed polylines, open 'convert to mask block' to mask objects, place resulting mask block reference object on no plot layer once mask is created, Ben Johnson, Envision CAD, Apr 28, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Clarity Client Add-in: How to Send Diagnostics from Revit - visit IMAGINiT tab, Clarity panel, tools menu to send diagnostics from machine if issues arise while accessing Revit server files, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 28, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Spot Slope - place spot slope on floor first, positioning them when new highlights selected face or surface in blue, lacks ability to turn off units, view hosted units or re-host them in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Apr 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Directing Your Beam System - load at least one existing beam family to project, visit sketch mode for drawing footprint of beam system, go to properties dialog to adjust layout rule, spacing, justification, beam type in Revit, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Apr 28, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2016 - Multiline Text Parameter and Shared Parameters - create separate shared parameter file for managing any multiline text parameters, manage new parameter type on its own as long as older versions of Revit is required, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 28, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Which is Which? - Drawing Template vs Sheet Format in SOLIDWORKS - drawing template stores document settings that can be used again; sheet format specifies paper size, defines title block for drawing, Vince Farrell, HRS Blog, Apr 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Solutions: Create Designs Quickly - With Simple and Flexible Tools - single modeling environment incorporates simple, integrated design workflows into clean modern UI, John Picinich, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Apr 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS MBD 2015: A Big Deal? - notable features of SOLIDWORKS MBD 2015, impact it has for 3D PMI annotation, what application isn't, prospects of software, Jean Thilmany, Lifecycle Insights, Apr 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Using Labels - tips to assign, update, delete labels in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Mar 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - A Practical Application for Using Virtual Parts - example demonstrates need of virtual part inside of assembly, steps for making virtual parts, setting options, Bruce Shawler, YouTube, Mar 31, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Out of the Inbox: Reality Capture & 3D Printing Stalls? BIM Grows, VARs Do Too - popularity of handheld scanners is increasing, PLM VAR revenue was up over 10%, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Apr 21, 2015 (more CAD industry articles)

Describing the Behavior of a Thermal Mass Flow Sensor - solving 3D model of thermal mass flow sensor, comparing simulation results with experimental data, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Apr 27, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

DEVELOP3D Live 2015 Report - keynotes by Dan Staples of Siemens PLM, Paul Sagar of PTC on product developments, impact of Internet of Things, J Scott Schiller talked about forthcoming 'Multi Jet Fusion' technology, Martyn Day, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 27, 2015 (more MCAD articles, CAD show articles)

Script Types: Library Script - library script is meant to contain utility functions that can be used in any other type of scripts just by importing it; creating example of sending out email in PLM 360, Michal Liu, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Apr 20, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - Selection Effect Re-Visited - selectioneffect variable allows turning on selection effect, visit system variable dialog box to set index color in AutoCAD, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Apr 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2016 New Features - It's All About Dimensioning - dimension created using new DIM command are automatically placed on specified layer, eliminates prompts to modify dimension text, angle, visit cursor menu to automatically move, break up, or replace existing dimensions, Kyle Chumas, CADLearning, Apr 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Editing Plant 3D Isometric BOM Tables - open project setup, expand isometric DWG settings, select 'title block and display' to ensure that correct iso style is selected, click on table setup option in iso.dwt file to make changes on tables, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Apr 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Resolve Differences Between Linked Components - select single/multiple differences of component on component details grid, click on accept Inventor value to approve design definitions added by Inventor user, update components to link component status in AutoCAD Electrical, Vikas Vaishnav, Point-to-Point, Apr 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical articlesInventor tutorials)

Calling Lisp Commands from Palette - apply button click event handler, invoke ExecuteInCommandContextAsync command in AutoCAD 2016, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Implementing Copy Multiple Entities with a Twist - apply copy multiple entities command using ObjectARX API that exposes it as Lisp callable in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Manipulate Drawing SummaryInfo Using ObjectARX - code to set 'last saved by,' revision number properties while retrieving other properties in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Desktop Subscription Activation Issues: Inaccurate Time on the System Clock - delete specific Autodesk folders based on their location in C drive, remove temp folders, Autodesk folders in registry to solve issue, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 22, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Fusion 360: Make it with CAM with Lars - understanding CAM capabilities inside of Fusion 360, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Apr 22, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles, CAM articles)

Keyboard Short Cut Key Not Working in IDW for Inventor 2015 - launch Inventor 2013, visit tools, customize, keyboard, export xml file, start Inventor 2015 before importing xml file, launch IDW to test short cut key, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 28, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

A Little Side Project Now Shared on GrabCAD - The NutPlate iPart - suppress features of iPart members if counterbore features are suppressed, right click on header, select material column option to determine column as material column in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Apr 27, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

MTEXT & Line Scale Issue While Exporting Inventor IDW to AutoCAD - workaround is to change line scale value by UI or through configuration file from DWG file export options dialog in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 28, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Product Review: Real-Time Rendering with Fuzor - high-quality, real-time rendering application that integrates seamlessly with Revit, can producing standalone viewer for clients, no ability to have dynamic movement of objects in animations, no formalized training curriculum, materials, Paras Nanavati, AUGI Library, Apr 24, 2015 (more Revit articles, AEC articles)

Revit: Where's My Interface Gone? - right click anywhere in drawing area to open context-sensitive menu block, visit bottom of menu to select project browser that instantly reinstates it back into application window, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Apr 27, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit: Setting the Thumbnail Preview Image - click on options located in save as dialog, visit thumbnail preview section to pick view to be viewed in launch screen, tick 'regenerate if view/sheet is not up-to-date' to update preview image automatically, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Apr 28, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Point Clouds in Dynamo - create PointCloudFilters by BoundingBox to deal with sheer quantity of points in processing, convert PointCloudPoints to Dynamo points, Serial_NonStandard, Apr 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Sun Studies in Revit 2015 - tips to create solar studies with 3D views that allows finding out ways in which concept works with orientation of site, how natural light works with space, form of design, Travis Van Clieaf, YouTube, Apr 1, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Printed Metal Pricing Analysis - consider shipping cost of print, production time, material consistency between service vendors, available finishing options, price calculation method, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 23, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Why Good Quality Filament Matters - supplier of good quality 3D printing filament, ProtoParadigm explains how filament is extruded, how bad filament manifests printing errors, consistency of filament's diameter, roundness of filament matters, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 8, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Tech Futurist, Bram De Zwart Looks at the Fate of 3D Printing - talk about background, move to 3D print consumer market, effect of 3D printing on brick-and-mortar stores, service-based economy, Jeff Kerns, Machine Design, Apr 27, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How Do I Integrate Simulations from Various CAE Packages Into PLM? - VCollab conversion tool has been created using Siemens' JT Open Toolkit, designed to produce open source applications for PLM community, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 9, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles, PLM articles)

How Do You Change the Default Settings in the Operation Templates - setting up NX CAM Express, changing defaults settings, testing new settings, John Pearson, Design Fusion, Apr 22, 2015 (more NX CAM articles)

All About Xenon, Graebert's DWG-based CloudCAD - Q&A with CTO Robert Graebert about technology exchange with OnShape, print using PDF files specifically, partnering with ODA on drafting program, future plans for Xenon, Onshape drawings, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Apr 24, 2015 (more Onshape articles, ARES articles)

Quickie: DS Rocks Q1, Acquires Modelon - total IFRS revenue was up 30% y/y, new license revenue was up 32%, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Apr 23, 2015 (more Dassault articles)

What You Need to Know About Autodesk Simulation 2016 - SimStudio helps prepare geometry for simulation,  optimized cloud CFD solver has linear scalable capabilities, improved Nastran In-CAD capabilities, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 17, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, engineering analysis articles)

AutoCAD 2016: New Features in AutoCAD 2016: Geometric Centre Osnap - enter GCE at command line to snap to geometric center of polygons, closed polylines, employ new object tracking glyph to distinguish center object snap from other object snaps, John Flanagan, CADline, Apr 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Electrical 2016 - Wire Sequence Sort Order - invoke edit wire sequence command to check for wire sequence, follow angled tee markers on wire network if defined, verify if components have same location, group wires by location, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Apr 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

AutoCAD Tip - Open Your Drawing to a Saved View - tips to select initial view when using open command to go to specific view in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Apr 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

ACA-AMEP 2016: Section Enhancements - new version prompts user to place insertion point once section line is placed, length is specified, improved ways to specify length of section, allows refreshing all 2D sections/elevations in current drawing, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Convert Paper Drawing to Image File for Cadding - obtain information stored in paper drawing into some digital format, employ camera to click photo of drawing, transfer digital file(s) to computer to use them as vector-based AutoCAD drawing, Best CAD Tips, Apr 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

BIM 360 Glue API - Use cURL or PostMan to Login and List Projects - apply API key, secret before logging in using Autodesk ID, invoke POST method to fill form-data with parameters, values, GET method to include all parameters in URL before calculating timestamp, sig timestamp, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Apr 26, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Incorrect Hole Table Values After Splitting in Inventor Drawing - form new drawing, place view with holes, create hole table, split table, drag split part of table to second drawing sheet before resetting DIM, YDIM to correct values in Inventor, Being Inventive, Apr 27, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Suppress Drawing Views - open drawing with multiple views, right click on view to be removed, select suppress to notice that view is grayed out in browser, uncheck suppress in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Apr 27, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

UnInclude WorkSurfaces in a DrawingView - employ SetIncludeStatus, SetVisibility methods to control visibility of view, supply object in context of document referenced by drawing view in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Apr 24, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

What's New in Revit 2016 - adds option to 'allow navigation during redraw,' rotate project north tool now rotates view-specific detail elements, check enhanced, revisions, selection boxes, view states, improved architectural, structural, MEP features, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Apr 27, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Revit 2016 - New Door Content - allows switching detail view to fine to view hardware, families with additional trim, new commercial door families adds type catalogs, doors now include door- as prefix, hardware families comes in separate folder, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 24, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

JPR: CAD Market Growing Again - $8 billion CAD software market with 5.15 million annual users in 2014, expected to grow to $8.7 billion in 2017 at CAGR of 4%, Autodesk has highest share of market, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Apr 23, 2015 (more CAD industry articles)

Expert Interview with Chad Jackson of Lifecycle Insights - trends in CAD industry affecting engineering strategies, technologies to impact productivity of engineering organizations, Cadalyst, Apr 23, 2015 (more CAD industry articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - Self Contact - finite element model setup for contact conditions allows selecting single face, access additional option in contact sets property manager to specify self contact, Bill Reuss, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Apr 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Colors, Layers and the Color Display Mode Button - create layers, assign individual layers, link dimension to dimension layer, click on change layer button before selecting '-per standard-' option in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Apr 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Introduction to TolAnalyst, Pt 1 - visit DimXpert, set up TolAnalyst on assembly to analyze tolerance stack-up in SOLIDWORKS, Vince Farrell, YouTube, Apr 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Machining Chamfers in CAMWorks - consider part that has pocket with chamfer, insert second contour operation to define actual chamfer to be machined, Gabe Crisologo, HRS Blog, Apr 22, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

All Aboard! Eight BIM Training Tips to Design a Program for Everyone in Your Office - set well-defined goals, choose topics wisely, plan schedule, mix up delivery method, invite class participation, plan for some participants to have prior knowledge, Kate Morrical, CADdigest.com, Apr 23, 2015 (more AEC articles)

KeyShot Workflow 01 - Tablet & Stylus - learn different techniques useful in product renderings, Richard Funnell of Luxion, YouTube, Apr 1, 2015 (more KeyShot articles)

AutoCAD 2016: XREF Enhancements - new XREFOVERRIDE system variable allows controlling display of XREF layers, such layers are displayed in ribbon layers list but are now shown in gray text, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, Apr 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

How to Password Protect AutoCAD Drawing - click on security options located under 'open and save' to apply password to drawing, or save as window to start security options window in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Apr 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD: Command Line Missing? Let's Get it Back - type CUI, highlight current workspace in 'customizations in all files' tab, select customize workspace option located under workspace contents, expand palettes, pick command line before changing orientation to docked in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD: Hold Down Shift to Deselect Does Not Work - visit raster tools tab, select settings, 'insert and write' panel, click on user preferences tab, uncheck 'shift+left click image select' option under mouse settings, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Creating Jigsaw Puzzles Inside AutoCAD Using .NET - distribute pieces, determine radii of various concentric rings to make area same for each piece, invoke JIGL, JIG command to create spline at location of each selected line segment, pick intersecting entities, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Apr 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Making Your AutoCAD Civil 3D Project Shine, Pt 1 - employ model builder to create InfraWorks 360 model of geographic area represented by AutoCAD Civil 3D design project, open data resources panel, choose AutoCAD Civil 3D DWG to connect to Civil 3D drawing, Elliott Rosenfeld, BIMagination, Apr 23, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Installation Might Require Several Hours to Complete - type regedit in run window, locate subkey in registry, open edit menu, new, click DWORD value, type SecureRepairPolicy for name of DWORD, modify SecureRepairPolicy to speed up Inventor 2015 installation, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Quick Inventor Tip: Faster Edits with Assembly Express Mode - express mode functionality, tips to control express mode in Inventor, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Apr 22, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Weird Revit Railing Stuff, Pt 5 - Extensions/Terminations - visit section view, select top rail, click edit rail in ribbon to make extension sketch lines editable in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Apr 24, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Restore All Excluded Intermittent Ribbon Button - selecting one group allows setting 'restore all excluded' button on ribbon unlike picking 2 groups in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

COMSOL 5.1 Integrates App Builder into Model Builder - improvements include: app design, layout options, LiveLink for Excel for apps, integration into COMSOL platform, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 23, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Aircraft Customization & Personalization CAE Software - Dassault Systemes partners with international engineering consultancy Assystem to create CAE software, allowing users to access 'Passenger Experience' on Dassault's 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 24, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles, Dassault articles)

nCode 11.0 Focuses on Vibration & Frequency Domain - includes methods to help validate products for vibration fatigue, frequency analysis, vibration simulation methods like PSD, Sine Dwell loading, Sine on Random, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 27, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

How to Get Extra Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS - hold ctrl key on keyboard to download particular standard, place unzipped file in proper location once downloading finishes, open weldment profiles from system options menu to copy unzipped file, Saeed Mojarad, Javelin Technologies, Apr 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

An Easy Way to Set Row Heights for a BOM in SOLIDWORKS - right click on BOM control at upper-left of BOM, select formatting, row height to apply new height of rows in BOM, John Setzer, SolidNotes, Apr 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Are Enterprise PDM Notifications Really Needed Anymore? - set up search by assuming that drafter is assigned as data card value on EC document, save search before attempting to edit documents, promote them forward, modify data cards in SOLIDWORKS, Steve Ostrovsky, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Apr 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Wipeout Drawing Tool Feature - command allows covering blackouts or wiping out specified areas on SOLIDWORKS drawing, Rhyc Sandberg, YouTube, Apr 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

It's the Little Things - SOLIDWORKS 2015 Enhancements - addition of year on SOLIDWORKS icon, 'My Products' tool shows products installed on system, Ron Grover, MCADCafe, Apr 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Customizable Online Masters of Engineering Focuses on Business & Technical Skills - online course focuses on skills needed for career advancement, leadership, interdisciplinary technical advancements, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 20, 2015 (more engineering articles, job and career articles)

Stanford Now the Most Efficient University? - Stanford Energy Systems Innovation project aims to enhance sustainability by sourcing renewable energy, reducing water usage, Mark Atwater, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 19, 2015 (more engineering articles)

 3 Questions to Ask Before Starting Any CAD Model - what is optimum default orientation, is there any symmetry, are there any patterns within part, Darren Henry, Onshape, Apr 20, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

STAR Global Highlights Optimization & Possibilities - STAR-CCM+ v10 is game-changer for CD-adapco, results of STAR-CCM+ are very easy to communicate, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Apr 21, 2015 (more STAR-CCM+ articles)

What's New in AutoCAD 2016: Drafting and Annotations - revision cloud comes with new rectangular, polygonal options, dimension panel offers option to choose layer that creates new dimensions, fixes overlapping dimensions, geometric center snap drawing tool snaps center of closed geometry, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Apr 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

What's New in Autodesk Vault 2016 - Rollback File Lifecycle State - option to roll back file's lifecycle state, offers new item, BOM, change order features, enhancements, copy design experience, Vault thin client, project sync, ADMS console enhancements, Clinton Brown, CADline, Apr 23, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

ACA 2016: New DIM Command is Not in AutoCAD Architecture 2016 - type CUI in command line, expand ribbon, panels, dimensions, visit command list to type DIM to locate command, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Welcome to the Family: The Transition to Civil 3D - maintain good CAD standards, employ Civil 3D to organize survey data, create databases, provide geographic information, elevations as 3D element, alignments, profiles for road design, pipe networks, Miguel Medina, AUGI Library, Apr 22, 2015 (more Civil 3D articles)

Simple Drawable Overrule Skeleton - apply class that implements DrawableOverrule class, WorldDraw method, or command to check variable, add/remove overrule, call Regen() to make new geometry appear in AutoCAD, Augusto Goncalves, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Extracting Help IDs for AutoCAD's UI Finder - download, install offline help for AutoCAD 2016, parse files, obtain help IDs from HTML source, surround each ID by double quotes, suffix comma to make copying/pasting file into JavaScript file simpler, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Apr 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Installation: What You Need to Verify and Update Before Installing Your Autodesk Software - visit control panel to set view, verify if OS, video card driver is up to date, temp folder has been cleaned out, turn off Windows firewall, anti-virus, user account control settings, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 22, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Compliance Checking Using IFC Schema & Solibri - using IfcRelReferencedInSpatialStructure to determine if element that bounds space is acceptable, Michael McCune, CollectiveBIM, Apr 20, 2015 (more AEC articles)

SketchUp Skill Builder: Creating Patterns with Components, Pt 1 - YouTube, Apr 16, 2015 (more SketchUp articles)

SketchUp Skill Builder: Create Patterns with Components, Pt 2 - using mirrored components, YouTube, Apr 20, 2015 (more SketchUp articles)

Simulating Models in Autodesk Inventor - parametric dimensions study reduces amount of work for designers, compares results of multiple design choices, runs simulation using 'exhaustive' option, Cassie Smallwood, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Apr 22, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2016: Error Message When Starting Cable and Harness Report - workaround is to copy required files from older Inventor release available on computer, Being Inventive, Apr 23, 2015  (more Inventor tutorials)

What's New in the Revit 2016 API - all NewFamilyInstance() overloads on Autodesk.Revit.Creation.Document, TextNote, leader API behavior, interface are enhanced, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 23, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Plantings in Pots and Planters - visit family editor, click on family category, parameters, check work place-based, select place on face in modify ribbon when placing planting in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Apr 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

IFC Exports from Revit - select modify setup button, open IFC export dialog, configure 'export only elements visible in view' option before actually performing export in normal dialog, Chris Perry, A Word on BIM, Apr 21, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

COFES 2015 Revenge of the Thought Leaders - relationships of new, improving technology, new business models were discussed, Denis Morais, Waveform, Apr 20, 2015 (more MCAD articles, CAD show articles)

COFES 2015: Seeing the Bigger Picture - requirements-based simulation takes over geometry-based simulation, when optimization is aimed; STEM-based education is important, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Apr 23, 2015 (more MCAD articles, CAD show articles)

Researchers Create New Class of 3D Printed Aerogels - 3D printed graphene aerogels have high surface area, excellent electrical conductivity, are lightweight; 3D printed graphene aerogel microlattices have much better mass transport than bulk graphene materials, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 23, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Printing the Strongest 3D Parts with ULTEM 1010 - ULTEM 1010 is one of most popular grades of polyetherimide (PEI) thermoplastic, has applications in aerospace, automotive, food production, medical field, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Apr 17, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Using Tree Display to De-Clutter the Feature Manager - set feature manager tree display, right click on assembly to deselect display, configuration names, save blank assembly as assembly template to save settings in SOLIDWORKS, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Apr 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Preparing SOLIDWORKS Models for 3D Printing - select STL files whose format is accepted by most CAD programs, control setting of triangles when .stl file is generated, choose between ASCII vs binary format before saving STL files, adjust resolution settings, Nick Jones, Solid Solutions, Apr 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS Custom Hole Wizard Sizes - locate toolbox settings program, select customize hole wizard once hole wizard program launches, create, add new size hole, type new standards name, determine difference between new standard from one copied, Crystal Yazvac, CAPUniversity, Apr 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - New in 2015: Wire Numbering Formulas and Customization - discusses new variables, formula builder in wire styles properties to create unique numbering formats for electrical schematics, Joe Mcdiarmid, YouTube, Apr 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Instantly Become a Better Networker in Your Engineering Career - build strong lasting relationships, be genuinely interested in people, listen to others, join, get involved in professional associations, Anthony Fasano, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 20, 2015 (more engineering articles, job and career articles)

BIM Workflows are Evolving - benefits of using cloud-based project management for BIM, Randall Newton, AEC Magazine, Mar 20, 2015 (more AEC articles)

BIM Object Standard Naming - NBS BIM Object Standard, Reusing object names, standardizing COBie Type name, component description formats, Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects Blog, Apr 17, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Script Types: Scheduled Workflow Action Script - setting up scheduled script for workflow state, Michal Liu, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Apr 20, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

What's New in Vault 2016 Review - what's new help documentation looks same in 3 Vault variants, little indication of features introduced with Vault 2015 R2, FlexLM now logs by username, expanded support for 3rd party CAD data, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Apr 22, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Framed - ensure that object frame is visible before selecting attached image, PDF, DWF or DGN file, set value of frame to 2 to make it visible while avoiding plotting in AutoCAD, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Apr 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 13: Customizing AutoCAD - rendering engine available with AutoCAD, rendering disadvantages in Release 14, hints improved material browser in AutoCAD 2015 version, Patrick Hughes, CAD Speed, Apr 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Creating a Merged Model Using Glue API - serialize modelTransformationRequests into JSON for model_transformations string, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Apr 21, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Linking Components between AutoCAD Electrical and Autodesk Inventor - right click on Inventor only component in location view, select 'assign to existing in drawing' option, pick components to be linked before inserting new electrical component to link to Inventor component, Vikas Vaishnav, Point-to-Point, Apr 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical articles, Inventor tutorials)

Invoking AutoCAD's UI Finder from JavaScript - consider new prefix in AutoCAD 2016 before calling function, launch HELP for HelpFindUI() method, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Apr 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Automatic Material Thickness Detection in Sheet Metal - New in Autodesk Inventor 2016 - start model, convert model to sheet metal, select base face for unfolding, view sheet metal defaults screen that confirms sheet metal thickness, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Apr 21, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Screws Incorrectly Represented in Cut Section View - workaround is to edit section view from display option tab, section standard part, select 'obey browser settings' or 'always' in Inventor drawing section view, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 20, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor: Delete Component in Assembly Can End Up with a 'Ghost' Reference - cancel operation, delete assembly feature followed by component to prevent ghost references in previous release of Inventor, invoke pattern-copy command to get rid of existing ghost references, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 17, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Level and View Renaming - level, view causes names to be tightly integrated, determine if level is to be renamed when renaming plan/RCP view in Revit, RVIT, Apr 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit: How to Print to PDF and Change the Order of the Sheets - export sheets to DWF, employ design review to open DWF exported, visit top left under thumbnail tabs to drag, drop sheets to match order of print, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Apr 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

7 Tips for Faster SOLIDWORKS Modeling - hold down Shift key while choosing arc to dimension to tangent point, hold down Control key while drawing sketch entity to turn off automatic relations, Casey Tevebaugh, CADdigest.com, Apr 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Design Assemblies with Moving Parts Easily with SOLIDWORKS Motion - computes position, velocities, accelerations, loads encountered by each assembly component, transfers reaction loads automatically to SOLIDWORKS Simulation software, checks colliding parts when assembly moves, Timoteo Muller, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Apr 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 8 - invoke delete face command, 'delete and patch' option to remove small faces/artifacts, simplify model for meshing, apply mesh settings as ‘mesh control’ while meshing assembly, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Apr 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS in a Browser with Much Help from Frame - access cloud solution Frame to run desktop application in cloud, allows option to check server location, offers ability to copy, paste from local clipboard to Frame clipboard, Michael Lord, Apr 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Creating Harnesses - tips to modify existing harnesses in Electrical 2D before trying them in routing, 3D software, YouTube, Apr 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Troubleshooting Graphics Glitches - troubleshooting techniques to diagnose common issues leading to graphics problems in SOLIDWORKS, Mina Bassalious, YouTube, Apr 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tooling Up for Challenging Cuts - guide for selecting tools for high-speed tool paths, tight areas, straight walls, graphite cutting, Mike MacArthur, MoldMaking Technology, Apr 1, 2015 (more CAM articles)

ASCON Group Launches Renga Architecture - Q&A with Vladimir Zakharov of ASCON about guiding principles in developing Renga Architecture, 3D navigation, add-ons, target market, future plans, price, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Apr 9, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Solid Edge Tips and Tricks, Pt 8 - unalign coordinate dimensions, install Solid Edge Velocity Printer again, display long material names in material table, purpose of dimension style mapping, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Apr 20, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Evaluating a UHF RFID Tag Design with Simulation - 3 types of RFID tags, modeling UHF RFID tag design using COMSOL Multiphysics, evaluating tag performance, Fanny Littmarck, COMSOL Blog, Apr 20, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

AutoCAD 2016 New Features - More PDF Power - enhanced PDF support allows zooming, panning drawing with PDF underlay attached, offers 2 sets of controls when exporting to PDF, DWF, comes with PDF quality, font handling, hyperlink, bookmark controls, David Cohn, CADLearning, Apr 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Working with Point Clouds in AutoCAD 2016 - Q& A about creating linework, sections in point clouds, point cloud tab, object snap cycling, advantages of using point clouds, tips to remove tree, building points in AutoCAD, Michelle Rasmussen, ASCENT Blog, Apr 17, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD Tips & Tricks: Block Saveas - create block, enter block editor environment, expand open/save panel to select 'save block as' option, make desired edits before saving new block definition, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Apr 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Intro to 3ds Max - main toolbar offers object selection, scaling, snap tools, command panel is vital part of screen's real estate, time slider allows user jump to any timeframe, quad menu allows quick access to tools, viewport adjusts layouts, Brian Chapman, AUGI Library, Apr 20, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Use the PRESSPULL Command on Tapered Objects - select PRESSPULL command, hold ctrl key, click on top surface, release ctrl key before entering height in AutoCAD 2015, Jaiprakash Pandey, Cadalyst, Apr 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Vehicle Tracking Not Working? - type MENULOAD in AutoCAD, browse to Autodesk vehicle tracking menus folder to select menu for installation, invoke APPLOAD command, open vehicle tracking 2015 file to return operation to vehicle tracking buttons, commands, Justin Doughty, CADline, Apr 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Download/Installation - log in to Autodesk account, visit management options to select Autodesk software to be installed, click 'more actions,' pick version, platform, language before choosing 'download now' option, press install button to install software, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 21, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Common Exceptions While Running RealDWG Application - System.IO.FileNotFoundException appears when RealDwg application does not find dependent dlls, fix System.InvalidProgramException by locating acdbmgd.dll from RealDWG install CD before copying it to RealDWG root folder in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Weird Revit Railing Stuff, Pt 4 - Handrail Terminations - visit railing termination template to create termination family, add termination to railing, select controls from within family editor to adjust rail termination visibility, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Apr 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Get a Centerline of a Structural Column Using DynamoBIM - select physical structural model, extract geometry, place vertices at all column locations, convert all vertices to points before adding LineByBestFitThroughtPoints node to extract centerline of column, Marcello Sgambelluri, Simply Complex, Apr 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Group Test: Ultra Portable 15-Inch Mobile Workstations - comparing entry-level CAD machines: HP ZBook 15u, Lenovo ThinkPad W550s; mid-range CAD machines: Dell Precision M3800, MSI WS60, HP OMEN Pro, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 21, 2015 (more laptop articles)

Review: HP OMEN Pro (Pre-Production Unit) - Intel Core i7-4870HQ CPU, Quadro K1100M (2GB) GPU, 16GB of RAM, multi-touch touchpad, impressive machine for mobile CAD, entry-level simulation, rendering, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 21, 2015 (more laptop reviews)

Selection Methods - Chain, vs Loop, vs Tangency - employ select chain, select loop, select tangency methods to connect sketch entities of same type in both directions, connect edges of face to make loop, choose tangent connecting curves, edges or faces in SOLIDWORKS, Catherine Wagner, CADimensions Blog, Apr 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Modeling Challenge - Remove All Holes - apply FeatureWorks tool to recognize holes as feature before suppressing them, defeature tool eliminates level of detail associated with part/assembly model, delete face command deletes pre-selected cylindrical faces/patch in SOLIDWORKS, Jordan Tadic, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Apr 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Create Planes in SOLIDWORKS - choose features, reference geometry, plane to select combination of first, second, third references, ensure that message dialog reads fully defined before accepting feature, Jack Wilson, CADtek Blog, Apr 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Moving the Workgroup PDM Vault - check-in on any files that are currently active, stop Workgroup PDM service, locate root directory folder, copy Vault root folder to new computer before installing Workgroup PDM Vault service, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, Apr 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Making SVG Files Autoscale in SOLIDWORKS - open SVG file in text editor, edit width, height by replacing them with 100% each, save changes to make autoscale, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Apr 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Positioning Components with Triad, Alt, Shift, and Ctrl Keys - ways to position parts, assembly components by focusing specifically on panning, rotating, using move with triad in SOLIDWORKS, Ricky Huynh, YouTube, Apr 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Real Story of Design Failure and Redesign Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation - redesign, with greater G loading, shows less than 0.1% of design will fail below 100,000 cycles, Michael Kalin, CADdigest.com, Apr 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Direct vs Parametric Modeling: Which Works Best for Your Application? - parametric modeling allows creating powerful models from sketches but can prevent conceptualizing designs, direct modeling generates complex shapes in 3D CAD environment, helpful for conceptualization, building complex, sweeping surfaces, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 20, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

Advanced Post Processing of STLs for 3D Printing - discusses issues related to translation of STL file from solid object to triangulated representation, orientation of vectors in triangles, wall thickness, units, ways to optimize model, deliver best print results, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 16, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles, MCAD articles)

Implementing the Weak Form with a COMSOL App - evaluate, inspect various matrices, vectors involved in solution process, view stiffness matrix by setting up COMSOL application, Chien Liu, COMSOL Blog, Apr 16, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Expert Interview with Caron Beesley of Acronym Online - application of CAD in public vs private sector, useful tips for public sector CAD users, impact of cloud computing on public sector usage, CADspeed, Apr 16, 2015 (more CAD industry articles)

My Favorite Command - Zoom to Selection in ArchiCAD - select elements, visit view, zoom, zoom to selection option to center elements in screen before saving new view, find elements in view, check selection in ArchiCAD, Ken Good, Cadimage, Apr 17, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Lab4: Field API Web Intro Ex - iterate list of issues, check value of status in each issue, add up counters for each status, employ Field API intro app to re-visit issue list before adding chart to web page, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Apr 16, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

How to Add All Library and Catalogue Content After Installation - open AutoCAD Electrical 2016 in control panel, click uninstall/change, pick ‘select all' button if all catalog content needs to be installed, open symbol libraries section to install additional libraries, Kevin Walker, Micro Concepts Blog, Apr 17, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

CADWorx Piping Displays as Single Line - invoke CONVERTSOLID command to make single lines display correctly, convert all selected components into 3D solids in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Apr 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

More New Things in Civil 3D 2016 - ability to select corridor alignment targets by layer, control direction of section views, subassembly composer supports loop creation, option to make areas exclusionary while creating catchment areas, Russ Nicloy, MasterGraphics, Apr 20, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

InfraWorks 360 Web: Your Model in a Browser - visit portal page to find, open model, generate model view for entire model, form scenario location, extents in context of whole model, Markus Briglmeir, BIMagination, Apr 19, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Inventor 2016 Improvements - allows copying parameters to user parameters, import/export external rules configuration for iLogic, in-canvas text rotation, thickness detection, large assembly performance, faster drawing creation, centralized external sketch symbol library features, Scott Hallmark, Applied Software, Apr 16, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

What's New in Inventor 2016 - Sheet Metal - option to create multiple sheet metal bodies in single part file, form bend with zero radius, auto detects material thickness on import, punch tool shows number of instances when placing them, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Apr 17, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Manage Stock Size Data and Other Downstream Information with iLogic - set rule to run in response to ‘before save document' event, create iLogic form containing properties required to fill out, replace line from original rule that displays message box with rule, Forrest Judd, Hagerman & Company Blog, Apr 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit 2016 New Features - offers improvements to energy analysis tools for architects, reinforcing updates for structural engineers, new set of schedules, filters, splits, hangers, show disconnect options for MEP engineers, Nicholas Bowley, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Apr 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit MEP - Circuit Length Calculation - create schedule focused on electrical circuits, sort schedule by panel, circuit, provide header for panel, footer for totals before adding parameter for length factor, calculated parameter for total estimate, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Automatic Modeling - check ‘area and volume computations' checkbox to allow room to continue up until it is fit for room bounding element, ceiling or floor in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Apr 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Synchronous and Parametric - synchronous parts are entirely parametric, parts are driven by dimensions, geometrical relations, dimensions can be driven by either values or equations in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Apr 15, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

How to: Manage Dimensions in Draft, Pt 2  - select ‘remove from alignment set' option to remove selected dimensions from alignment set in Solid Edge, YouTube, Apr 16, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Restore File Associations Command - visit options, file explorer page to click on ‘restore file associations' command, right-click SOLIDWORKS file to choose default program from open flyout before selecting SOLIDWORKS launcher program, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, Apr 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - How to Simulate a Fluid Container - apply distributed pressure load to analyze container filled with fluid in SOLIDWORKS, Waleed Al-rabeh, YouTube, Apr 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Creating Navigational Hotspots - tips to set up groups of parts that will highlight together, link to almost anything when clicked on in Composer Player, Kirkwood Hines, YouTube, Apr 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Why Isn't There a Smarter BIM Tool for Building Design, Yet? - dependency on application's smarts to figure out building details, BIM is relatively dumb technology where user is forced to model everything in building, needs game-changer to make BIM exciting for AEC professionals, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Apr 16, 2015 (more AEC articles)

10 Things to Know About Onshape Drafting - integrates third-party add-on into Onshape, drafting technology is based on Xenon, offers full associativity between 3D model, 2D drawings, dimensions, 2D layout module is available for free, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Apr 16, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

MecSoft's RhinoCAM Helps in the Making of Fine Violins in France - integrated within Rhino, RhinoCAM plug-in can be used to create tool paths before sending them to CNC router, Sam Peguiron, CADdigest, Apr 15, 2015 (more RhinoCAM articles)

HP Unveils New Hardware Offerings that Prioritize Power - HP Z Turbo Drive G2 claims 4 times throughput improvement over conventional SSDs, lightweight HP OMEN Pro mobile workstation features HD resolution with high-power GPU, HP DreamColor Z32x display comes with diagonal form factor, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 16, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles, HP workstation articles)

Autodesk Application Manager - One Update to Rule Them All - employ application manager to eliminate duplicated download overhead, time, visit settings, files to use shared storage or content downloads, set path to common network folder that all PCs can access, Robin Capper, RobiNZ CAD Blog, Apr 17, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Using Tolerances in Plant 3D 2016 - set offset tolerance value for each joints to allow ports to connect that are equal to or less than tolerance apart, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Apr 15, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

How to Locate the 2015 Server Downloads for Vault Basic and Above - visit Autodesk account login page, products and services section to expand Vault product enhancements, locate correct link to download Vault Basic client, server components, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 16, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

InfraWorks 360 - How to Improve the Quality of Your Aerial Photos - download model from model builder, select imagery in data sources tab, click configure, raster tab before visiting Bing maps section to pick/change ground resolution of imagery, Cristina Savian, From the Ground Up, Apr 16, 2015  (more Civil 3D tutorials)

InfraWorks 360 - Model Builder - New Polygon Import Functionality - create new dwg file using Civil 3D, define coordinate system, turn on OnlineMaps, apply MAPPOLYLINETOPOLYGON to convert rectangle/closed polyline into polygon, MAPEXPORT to export polygon into .shp file, Cristina Savian, From the Ground Up, Apr 15, 2015  (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Slope Stake Report Through XREF - rename C3DReport.dll file to something else or move it to another location, locate C3DReport.dll in download zip file list, copy it to location where old report dll file was located, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, Apr 16, 2015  (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Revit Structure 2016 - New Features - major structural improvements are structural steel profiles, release and member forces, trusses, reinforcement features includes addition of host mark, category, count parameters, check special element for rebar that offers enhanced rebar performances, Autodesk Revit Structure, Apr 15, 2015  (more Revit articles)

New Best Practices for Plumbing - add additional sheets to set, place vent view over waste view on same sheet, include enough sections, 3D views to provide required clarity needed to Revit drawing, David Raynor, AUGI Library, Apr 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Merge Surface - ensure that topos overlap or share edge to make tool work, but if both topos overlap, merge will actually discard any boundary points that are within overlap in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Apr 16, 2015  (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo Barrel Vault Brace, Pt 6 - create new Dynamo graph or workspace, place adaptive components by points, add family type node in graph, generate pipeline for data from one node to other before running project in Revit, Richard Binning, Beside the Cursor, Apr 16, 2015  (more Revit tutorials)

Easy Editing of Type Catalogues from Revit Using Microsoft Excel - start Excel application, open blank spreadsheet, import shared parameters text file into it, hit finish to bring catalogue in to easily editable Excel row, column format, Dennis Collin, CADline, Apr 17, 2015  (more Revit tutorials)

Develop3D Live Talks - Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO SOLIDWORKS - address ways to anticipate how shifts in technology, society creates enormous opportunities, challenges for engineering industry, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 16, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM Preview Tab Performance - open EPDM Vault view showing data card tab, check contents of preview tab, set EPDM display to default to faster performance BMP preview before setting ways to obtain both options of performance, Jim Krivoshein, InFlow Technology, Apr 16, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Bicycle Frame Design Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation - optimize frame geometry, define shape of tubes using surfacing, static analysis before adjusting aerodynamic efficiency of tube shapes in SOLIDWORKS, Waleed Al-rabeh, HRS Blog, Apr 16, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How Dimension the Undimensionable SOLIDWORKS Drawing - find, show sketch in drawing, add required dimensions before hiding sketch in drawing, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 16, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Show All Hidden Bodies and Components - activate ‘show hidden bodies' command to temporarily remove visible geometry from view, apply show hidden components to make selected components visible even after command is exited in SOLIDWORKS, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Apr 16, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Grouping Annotations - select multiple annotation in drawing, group them so that they moves together when dragged, delete group or ungroup annotations to make them move independently in SOLIDWORKS, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Apr 16, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Status Bar - located at bottom of SOLIDWORKS window status bar provides information related to function being performed currently, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Apr 16, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Autodesk Updates Manufacturing Product Line: Multi-CAD Workflow, 3D Printing Support, and Pre-Processing Geometry Cleanup Take Center Stage - 2016 version offers multi-CAD support, new tools to bridge CAD design to 3D printing, freeform modeling tools for Inventor, point-cloud objects for factory design, enhanced simulation tools, offers clues to Autodesk's strategy, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Apr 15, 2015 (more MCAD articles, Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

What to Expect from COMSOL Multiphysics Version 5.1 - application builder easily converts models into simplified apps with custom UI, COMSOL server now run apps in multiple computers, core functionalities comes with additional part libraries in microfluidics, mixer, ray optics, structural mechanics module, Fanny Littmarck, COMSOL Blog, Apr 15, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

New Conversational CNC Lathe OD Turning Wizard Available in G-Wizard Editor v1.90 - wizard offers corner treatment, break edges button allows specifying edges that can obtain radius based on value, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Apr 13, 2015 (more CAM articles)

Despite Marketing Hype, CAD Users Adopt New Technologies Cautiously - CAD trends 2015 brings awareness to CAD, CAM, CAE, PDM, PLM professionals, software companies about need to plan technologies for 2015, beyond, adjust budget based on technology adoption rates, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Apr 15, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

How to: Manage Dimensions in Draft - discusses smart dimension, distance between, arrange dimensions tool in Solid Edge, YouTube, Apr 9, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Interview: Truman Du, CEO of ZWSOFT - ZWSOFT market share in China, 'internationalization' of ZWCAD, competition with AutoCAD, cost-effective advantage, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Apr 16, 2015 (more CAD industry articles, ZWCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016: 30 Releases Young and Still Going Strong, Pt 3 - ability to convert section plane to support slicing of objects, manipulate, manage point clouds in new ways, render drawings using photographic, environmental lighting, Lee Ambrosius, CADdigest.com, Apr 14, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Civil 3D 2016 - enhanced translation of point clouds into surfaces, ability to extract surface as AutoCAD solid, allows importing InfraWorks models directly into Civil 3D, includes new tool to fix broken references without leaving Civil 3D, Russ Nicloy, MasterGraphics, Apr 15, 2015 (more Civil 3D articles)

Add Objects to Block Using Edit Block in Place - select block, right-click to pick ‘edit block in-place' option, verify block from list, invoke REFSET command to add/remove objects in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Apr 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

AutoCAD Electrical 2016 - Swapping or Updating a Title Border Project Wide - update project, drawing properties to match revised cross reference origin, column/row widths if border is changed for larger border, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Apr 15, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Inventor - Improve Render Times by Preparing Your Model - apply shrinkwrap tool to remove model complexity while retaining outer appearance in Inventor, David Gate, CADline, Apr 15, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

How to Install and Configure Autodesk SAAS 2023 in Your Browser - configure tools to determine applications that will be made available to users, download standard apps to configure standards, create component libraries, set name to document, folder paths, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, Apr 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Revit 2016 New Features - A First Look - improved UI adds modeling, analysis, documentation, collaboration capabilities, new open sheet option quickly accesses view sheets, adds MEP fabrication content required for detailing besides documentation, analysis, collaboration enhancements, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Apr 15, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Revit 2016 - Place Rooms Automatically - visit architecture tab, room and area panel, click on rooms to open button that allows placing rooms automatically in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 15, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 - Transfer Gridline Configurations to Different Views Using Propagate Extents - select all grid lines to activate propagate extents button on ribbon, pick level where grid layout is to be transferred to configure it as first level, James Philip, CADline, Apr 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Get the Revit Version and Build Number Using DynamoBIM - open DynamoBIM, add file path node, select Revit project, include file.frompath, file.readtext node before adding specified string, extract second entry in list, Marcello Sgambelluri, Simply Complex, Apr 11, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Exporting 3D Element Geometry to a WebGL Viewer - retrieve pre-selected element, determine bounding box, geometry, loop through geometry objects, solid faces, request triangulated mesh for each face before adding indices of resulting vertex to face definition list in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 14, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Using the SOLIDWORKS Note Feature to Improve 2D Drawings - open drawing, add driving/driven dimensions to drawing views, create new note to type text, move mouse out onto screen, left click desired dimension to add dimension info into note text, Toby Schnaars, Prism Engineering Blog, Apr 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Will It Bond? - simplified bonding tolerance allows applying local mesh refinement to obtain more elements for greater accuracy in T-area, more accurate bonding technique is exact but slower option for filling in gaps, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, Apr 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using SOLIDWORKS EPDM Data Cards to Update Excel Documents - automate documentation of ECOs in multiple documents using EPDM variable fields, enter ECO data in single EPDM data card to update numerous documents, link metadata fields between EPDM data card, Excel, Prism Engineering Blog, Apr 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

How Well Do You Know Your Mates? - discusses functionalities of commonly used mechanical mates - cam, slot, hinge, gear, rack pinion, screw, universal joint mates in SOLIDWORKS, Grant Davidson, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Apr 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Multi-Body Sheet Metal - YouTube, Apr 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Optimize the HP 440 on a Budget - optimizing RAM, CPU, GPU keeping price in $1600 to $2600 range, HP 440 is ideal for engineering students along with entry-level, experienced engineers, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 13, 2015 (more HP workstation articles)

Develop3D Live Talks - Scott Schiller, HP World-Wide Director for 3D Printing - shares HP's experience about driving from analog to digital transformation in other markets, discusses HP's vision for advancing state of art of 3D printing, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 15, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD 2016 Developer Documentation Changes - general development resources are now easier to access, custom program files can be digitally signed, managed .NET reference guide, ObjectARX update includes new classes, interfaces, functions, Lee Ambrosius, HyperPics: Beyond the UI, Apr 15, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

What's New in AutoCAD 2016: System Enhancements - high quality geometry toggle is added in graphic performance option, new REGENAUTO system variable automatically regenerates drawing when display is zoomed out, added 4 PDF plotters, attaches Navisworks cache, document file, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Apr 15, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - New Dimension Tool - dimension command replaces dimension flyout, allows adding linear, arc, circular, or angular dimension with single command, without quitting, invoking other dimension commands, Gaurav Bagga, Ideate, Apr 14, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Lab3: Field API Web Intro - insert common field REST calls under field folder, copy folder to web application, employ Web Forms instead of Win Form when choosing project in Microsoft Visual Studio, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Apr 14, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

ACA: -EXPORTTOAUTOCAD and the EXPERT System Variable - set value of EXPERT system variable to 2 to suppress drawing whose name already exists, add ‘_Y' to command input to allow AutoCAD Architecture overwrite file, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Apr 14, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

SETBYLAYER: Quickly Change All Object Properties to ByLayer - invoke command to change overrides for color, linetype, lineweight, material, plot style to ByLayer, set properties before selecting objects to be modified in AutoCAD, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Apr 14, 2015 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 12: Graduate to Dynamic Blocks - discusses importance of adding action parameters to block to dynamically modify appearance, geometry of inserts after they are inserted into AutoCAD drawing, Patrick Hughes, Design and Motion, Apr 14, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

New Features in the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 API - new alignment parameters, pipe network properties are added to .NET API library, update object version to 10.5 from 10.4 to check COM API changes, reference new libraries, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Apr 15, 2015 (more Civil 3D articles)

Classy Pipe Labels - opt to build parts list using previous versions like Civil 3D 2014 before applying method to bring them into Civil 3D 2015, Mick Reynolds, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Apr 15, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Revit 2016 What's New - A Commentary - major improvements were included in Dynamo, A360 collaboration for Revit, Project Solon, site designer, minor features, enhancements were added in core functionality, architectural, structural, MEP, Chris Price, Revit Rants, Apr 14, 2015  (more Revit articles)

Dynamo Barrel Vault Brace, Pt 5 - load parts before launching Dynamo, open adaptive component placement family, load 4 point AC brace family, get acquainted with Dynamo interface before aligning nodes, creating new nodes or toggling geometry/node visibility, Richard Binning, Beside the Cursor, Apr 14, 2015  (more Revit tutorials)

Shared Coordinates and Collaboration for Revit - insert location markers if publish coordinates fails to link, align master site in each building files, apply acquire coordinates to pick master site that will pull correct shared coordinates into building model, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 11, 2015  (more Revit tutorials)

Regular Polyhedrons - apply folding method to create regular polyhedrons except 20-faced Icosahedron, else cut sphere by planes that are aligned at each faces of polyhedron in Revit, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Apr 13, 2015  (more Revit tutorials)

Curved Wall Elevation Profile and Creator Class Update - identify issues in creator.CreateModelCurve method by checking curve types, test if curve is line, arc or ellipse, else create multiple lines from tessellated curve points in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Apr 10, 2015  (more Revit tutorials)

Flexible Sub-Assemblies - select icon in context sensitive toolbar to make sub-assembly flexible, check if any degrees of freedom allowed in sub-assembly is available in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Apr 10, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Colors, Layers and the Color Display Mode Button - select document properties, choose drawing item, layer, click on ‘change layer' button, pick ‘-per standard-' option to avoid new dimensions from getting added onto current layer in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Apr 3, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Create a Sphere in SOLIDWORKS - create new sketch, draw circle with line intersecting it directly through center point, trim one side of circle, create revolve boss/base or revolved surface before setting direction angle to 360 degrees, Jack Wilson, CADtek Blog, Apr 15, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: The Archive Environment and Saving Your Setup - select among custom, all objects, objects modified by user, 'objects modified by user since' options to archive file that is used for restoration of database after upgrade, Corey Kubichka, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 15, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - How to Simulate a Fluid Container  - tips to analyze container filled with fluid using distributed pressure load in SOLIDWORKS, Waleed Al-rabeh, YouTube, Apr 13, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Creating Navigational Hotspots - process to set up groups of parts that will highlight together, link to almost anything when clicked on in composer player, Kirkwood Hines, YouTube, Apr 14, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Which Module Should I Choose for Working with My CAD Data? - select LiveLink products if CAD, COMSOL simulation software are installed on same computer, else opt for design or CAD import module for importing only files, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Apr 14, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Tooling Up for Challenging Cuts - employ tool that is half size of tightest area, encourage machine rigidity to dictate size of cutter, check sound of tools to determine optimization of the tool paths, Mike MacArthur, MoldMaking Technology, Apr 1, 2015 (more CAM articles)

Develop3D Live Talks - Onshape Chairman Jon Hirschtick - discusses ways to tackle challenges with brand new approach, how fully leveraging latest cloud/web/mobile technologies can improve way products are designed today, shares lesson that Onshape learnt from building new full-cloud CAD system, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 14, 2015 (more Onshape articlescloud articles)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 11: We've Come a Long Way - discusses usefulness of Autodesk Seek design center tool for redefining blocks, creating tool palettes, screen capture calculator, need to keep updating work, software, workstation to boost AutoCAD productivity, Patrick Hughes, Design and Motion, Apr 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD Tip - Get the Perfect Plan View - employ EXPLAN command to do plan view of portion of drawing being selected without creating zoom extent, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Apr 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

ACAD/ACA/AMEP: Automatic Save Warning Message - ensure if proper permissions for user profile is available, check if path for ‘automatic save file location' is pointing to correct location in AutoCAD, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Clean Up Hand Rails in Plant 3D - visit structure tab on modify panel to apply structure explode tool, employ structure cut back tool located next to miter tool or AutoCAD TRIM command when cleaning up vertical rail members, Brandon Anderson, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Apr 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Delete the Base View and Keep the Projected Views - right-click on base view to be deleted, select delete, press << on dialog box, check if View3 is tied to base view before deleting column in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Apr 13, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

How to Avoid 'Trust This Publisher' Dialog - employ certutil.exe tool from Microsoft to install certificate, tick 'always trust applications from XXXXX' checkbox, install modules in C drive under Autodesk application plugins folder, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials, Autodesk articles)

Civil 3D 2016 - What's New - added capability manages data shortcuts, replaces DWG objects, targets alignment by layers, section view controls direction of section, offers subassembly composer loop geometry support, exclusionary catchments, pressure pipe labels in section views, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Apr 13, 2015 (more Civil 3D articles)

I Can Name That Part In - visit pipe network defaults, change ‘use size name from parts list as description' to yes to call part size name into pipe label style via description component in Civil 3D, Mick Reynolds, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Apr 13, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Revit 2016's New Physical-Realistic Rendering Engine - Autodesk introduces its own Raytracer engine, enhanced technology of existing RaytraceVisual style before incorporating into rendering dialog for 3D views, new selection tool in view panel creates section box around selected elements, Dan Stine, AECbytes, Apr 13, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Filters for Quality Control - understanding filters, project parameters, adding new filter in project, apply overrides to graphics once filter is applied to view in Revit, Philip Russo, AUGI Library, Apr 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo Surface Area Calculations - create dynamo file, check green arrow number slider to control row number that allows inserting data in Excel, select faces before pressing finish to check surface area, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Apr 14, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: ScheduleDefinition.GetSchedulableFields() Returns More Fields than UI - verify if ParameterId of SchedulableField is greater than 0 before assuming it as shared or project parameter, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Apr 14, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Manage Your Projects with 3DEXPERIENCE Dashboards - provides completely configurable online view of important information, multiple pages in dashboard delivers internal platform metrics, external news feeds, visit blog, model feed widgets to determine if project is progressing, Stephen Endersby, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Apr 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Adding Duct Path to Reports in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - open reports in projects tab, select ‘list of wires by line style,' visit columns tab before clicking on column management icon, check duct path option before updating drawings, Loretta Stiurca, Design Point Solutions, Apr 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2015 Duplicate File Name - click on file warning to generate list of duplicates, open vault view in separate window to rename file, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Apr 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

How to Enable Xpress Products in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - generate product code by logging into SOLIDWORKS customer portal account, launch Xpress tool before accessing, logging into MySolidWorks, copy, paste product code into SOLIDWORKS window to have full access of Xpress product, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, Apr 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Turning Cones into Sheet Metal in SOLIDWORKS - create cone using revolve feature, apply shell tool to generate thin walls before adding cut extrude to produce seam, Solid Professor Blog, Apr 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Lenovo ThinkStation P500 Review - Intel Xeon E5-1630v3 CPU, NVIDIA Quadro K4200 4GB GDDR5 GPU, 32GB DDR4 RAM, impressive performance, suitable for engineering apps, price starts at US$1502, John Evans, Design & Motion, Apr 13, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

First Impressions of the FARO Freestyle3D Scanner - structured light scanner, projects pattern of infrared dots, detects their deformation, comes bundled with Surface Pro 3, FARO's SCENE Capture software pre-installed, provides painless capturing, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Apr 10, 2015 (more 3D scanner reviews)

Handheld 3D Scanner Brings 3D Printing to the Masses - SCANIFY 3D scanner captures, processes 3D model quickly by combining precalibrated stereo cameras with photometric imaging, Kaylie Duffy, Product Design & Development, Apr 13, 2015 (more 3D scanner articles)

SolidSmack Catches Up with 3D Printing Visionary Joshua Harker - Video Interview - talk about latest project, tools in use, getting involved with 'Artists Lend Support,' Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Apr 8, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Modeling Laser-Material Interactions with the Beer-Lambert Law - understanding Beer-Lambert law, material heating, implementing in COMSOL Multiphysics, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Apr 13, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Taking NASTRAN Input Files into ANSYS Mechanical via External Model in ANSYS 16.0 - Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Apr 10, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Autodesk Simulation 2016 Portfolio - word 'Simulation' is dropped from software titles, unveils SimStudio build for defeaturing, direct editing, enhanced MoldFlow offers pre-processing efficiency, UI refinements, export wrapped model, Nastran, In-CAD makes debut, John Evans, Design & Motion, Apr 13, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Manufacturing 2016 Product Launch - turning capability added, enhanced Factory Design suite to allow batch conversion of legacy CAD items into factory assets, point clouds now display laser scan location map, John Evans, Design & Motion, Apr 13, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Script Types: Condition and Validation Scripts - both scripts only serve workflow transitions in Autodesk PLM 360, using scripts in workflow transition lifecycle, Michal Liu, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Mar 13, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Change Layer Combo Control Bar Width in AutoCAD - uncheck quick access toolbar to pull down menu, select layer combo control, change value from default value of 208 to 320, Sam Lucido, CADproTips, Apr 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Printing from AutoCAD with a Black Printed Background - change background color to grey while working in model space, draw closed polyline around area to be printed if zoomed, create solid hatch, change color of polyline, apply Draworder to move polyline to back, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Apr 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

New Electromechanical Link Between AutoCAD Electrical and Autodesk Inventor - 2016 version allows setting electromechanical workflow by opening link setup dialog, entering name of link, shared folder location to create electromechanical link before linking projects, design changes flow between products, Vikas Vaishnav, Point-to-Point, Apr 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical articles)

Changing Raster Image Paths in Drawing to Relative Paths - make raster image path relative to drawing path, set source path as relative before reloading AutoCAD to resolve active path, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Develop3D Live Talks - Autodesk CEO Carl Bass - discusses new means of cloud-based design, engineering, how to pair them with manufacturing advances that are now within reach of even smallest companies, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 13, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, cloud articles)

Autodesk Inventor 2016 What's New - Drawing Views - drawing view dialog box no more contains orientation area, base view contains 8 green triangles that allows selection of triangle for creating 8 other views related directly to parent view, Craig Bashor, The Industry, Apr 13, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Add Note for Centerline of Work Feature in Drawing - select start or end point as position for drawing note before adjusting location of drawing note in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Apr 12, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

What's New in Revit 2016? - navigation during redraw, automatically linked views in PDF exports, works in perspective views, MEP fabrication detailing, linking with steel detailing, improved reinforcement detailing, CADline, Apr 13, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Moves with Nearby Elements Wall - The Rules - make components parallel or perpendicular to wall, determine if wall is to be rotated, adjust origin of wall, move/copy component based on wall extents in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Apr 11, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Spaces Instead of Areas - check for availability of spaces, determine whether sketching space separators or area boundaries is worse, check space naming utility vs manually updating area data to match relevant room data in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

The Hidden Treasures of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, Pt 4 - tips to create cam, circular cam vs linear cam, create cam motion definition once cam parameters are set, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS Toolbox tutorials)

The Perfect Putt with SOLIDWORKS Motion - create putt assembly, define path of stroke, mates, state elastic properties between putter, golf ball, determine direction of gravity in order to have ball stay rolling on ground, Paolo Olmos, HRS Blog, Apr 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Learn the Basics - basic functions of Composer, tips to integrate Composer with MS Word, Nathan Dunn, YouTube, Apr 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

CorelDraw Technical Suite X7 - UI has attractive, flatter design, semi-automatic updates between CAD models, diagrams, 3D PDF output feature, can import dimensions intact, available for price $999, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Apr 8, 2015 (more Corel reviews)

SLA vs PolyJet: Technology Review - functioning, strengths, weaknesses of Stereolithography Apparatus, Triple Jetting Technology, Samantha Bild, ModernTech Blog, Apr 8, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Managing Simulation Democratization - skill requirements for modeling, simulation analyst intern; analysts as developers, managers, Jamie Gooch, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

What's New in DriveWorks 12, Pt 1 - added features for Enterprise PDM integration, increased test mode functionality, 'model insight' in preview or test mode, dynamic form width, Dave Mandl, SolidNotes, Apr 9, 2015 (more DriveWorks articles)

How Can I Build an Efficient Stirling Heat Pump? - modeling Stirling heat pump with COMSOL Multiphysics, Phillip Oberdorfer, COMSOL Blog, Apr 9, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

COBie 101 - definition, benefit of COBie from facilities management perspective, Joe Eichenseer, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Apr 6, 2015 (more AEC articles)

From Point Cloud to BIM - advantages of fully- vs semi-automated recognition for creating BIM models from point clouds, AEC Magazine, Mar 12, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Guidance Notes for Autodesk Revit Users Exchanging Models with Graphisoft ArchiCAD - Revit users should ensure mapping of elements for IFC exchange for both import, export is correct to ensure reliable exchange; list of free viewers to review IFC models, Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects Blog, Apr 7, 2015 (more Revit articles, ArchiCAD articles, AEC articles)

Tidy Your Toolbox a Different Way - create a double or even triple stack Toolbox in ArchiCAD, Cadimage, Apr 10, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD 2016: 30 Releases Young and Still Going Strong, Pt 2 - ability to create dimensions by object type, wrap dimensional text, format MText, mark objects for revision, Lee Ambrosius, CADdigest.com, Apr 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Return a Borrowed AutoCAD License - delete registry keys after returning license to server or when license's borrow time is up, Andrea Andreetti, Cadalyst, Apr 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Expert Interview with Lynn Allen, Autodesk Evangelist and Cadalyst Contributing Editor - involvement with AutoCAD before/after joining Autodesk, expansion of expertise to BIM, cloud technology, Internet of Things, 3D printing, favorite AutoCAD functions, tips, key to development of good design, CADspeed, Apr 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Delivering the Future of Making Things with Fusion 360 - tool allows free-form modeling, sculpting with T-Splines, mesh modeling, powerful direct, parametric modeling, adjusts subscription based on requirements, encourages collaboration, simulation, fabrication capabilities, Diego Tamburini, Design Differently, Apr 8, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

InfraWorks 360: How to Make Features Invisible or Transparent - apply transparent materials to features, adjust terrain surface opacity in model, turn visibility on/off for features, subsets, manage surface layers before setting view options, Elliott Rosenfeld, BIMagination, Apr 9, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Account Support - tips to access support in Autodesk account, complete web support request, view support request, find phone support information, Amanda Abbott-Wiemann, MasterGraphics, Apr 9, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

CreateInstance Returns E_NOINTERFACE When Invoking AutoCAD Instance - build separate 32-, 64 bit versions of external exe, provide absolute path to #import when building exe, check if any mismatch exists between typelibrary being imported, CLSID used with CreateInstance, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Getting the Most from the Vault Preview Panel - visit publish options to select 3D Inventor version, check marks 'include design views,' include positional representation entities, visit Autodesk Design Review, views panel to find design view, position representations in model, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Apr 9, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Drag & Drop File from External Application - handle MouseDown event of control from where 'drag & drop' is to be enabled, set up data that could be dragged onto another applications in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Apr 9, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Center Lines on a Slot for Dimension Creation in Inventor - visit annotate tab to pick centerline bisector, pick both nodes at quadrants of slot to create center line between 2 nodes of slot, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Apr 6, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - The What's New You Didn't Hear About, Pt 4: Identify Last Saved in File Version - open Windows Explorer, click on properties header to select more, check 'SW last saved with' option before searching files in SOLIDWORKS, Bob McGaughey, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using Instant 3D in SOLIDWORKS - allows dragging handles for resizing dimensions, reshaping sketch geometry, enabling Instant 3D requires only single click to show feature's dimensions, Dave Murray, CADimensions Blog, Apr 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Want to Save Rebuild Time in SOLIDWORKS? Use the Geometry Pattern Tool - tool saves time as SOLIDWORKS is not solving each instance of seed feature, makes files much smaller, Stephen Petrock, ModernTech Blog, Apr 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Improve Machine Performance When Working with SOLIDWORKS Assemblies - turn off high quality transparency, decrease level of detail for curvature generation, turn off edges in shaded mode, avoid large assemblies, take maximum advantage of configurations, Saeed Mojarad, Javelin Technologies, Apr 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Inserting Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views - visit source/destination section to select source as entire model or feature, check PropertyManager for section views to include surfaces in section cut, display surfaces, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Apr 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Mold Tools Tricks, Pt 3: Manual Mold Making, Pt 1 - setting up mold manually if mold tools fail to behave exactly as needed, Irwin Huisma, YouTube, Apr 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Mold Tools Tricks, Pt 3: Manual Mold Making, Pt 2 - take advantage of mold surface folders to make mold ready to split, Irwin Huisma, YouTube, Apr 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Benefits of BIM and VDC: A Contractor's View - higher adoption of BIM, VDC on projects provides higher value output, Jennifer Suerth, AUGI Library, Apr 8, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Scanagrammetry - photogrammetry is evolving fast, becoming integrated with laser scanning systems rather than replacing them, Jonathan Coco, SPAR Point Group, Apr 2015 (more reverse engineering articles)

NVIDIA GTC 2015, Pt 2: Physically Accurate Visualization to Preempt Catastrophic Design Flaws - Autodesk Revit's seasonal sun angle simulation, accelerated on NVIDIA GPU, can help designers predict intensity of hotspots that curved surface produce, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Apr 8, 2015 (more NVIDIA articles, graphics cards articles)

Bridging the Gap - obstacles like working within guides of contract, convincing client of long-term value of service don't let architects trust point cloud, Shaheed Smith, SPAR Point Group, Apr 2015 (more AEC articles, reverse engineering articles)

Assessing Adoption - how soon customers will truly move on from 2D, adopt 3D capture, imaging systems, Will Tompkinson, SPAR Point Group, Apr 2015 (more 2D to 3D articles)

The Boltzmann Equation, Two-Term Approximation Interface - understanding electron energy distribution function, electron transport properties in COMSOL Multiphysics, importing data to plasma model, Annette Meiners, COMSOL Blog, Apr 8, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Transferring Your Quick Access Toolbar to AutoCAD 2016 - open CUI, click on 'transfer tab' to display 'customizations in new file' side of CUI, Michael Beall, CADTutor, Apr 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Recover Damaged or Lost AutoCAD Files - rename backup drawing to .dwg extension, apply autosave .sv$ option to save files temporarily, visit drawing recovery manager to locate autosave, backup files, invoke AUDIT command to check drawings suspected to contain errors, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Apr 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2016: Extracting Floorplans from Point Clouds Using .NET - attach point cloud from RCS or RCP, adjust MiniumSegmentLength, FillGap, add various polyline profiles to modelspace in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Apr 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Lab2: Field API Intro - login into field to obtain tickets first, acquire list of currently available projects, issues, create new issue by using issue data obtained earlier, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Apr 9, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

AutoCAD Align Command - specify pair of source points, pair of destination points to define movement of selected object, align source points to destination points by performing move/rotate in process, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Apr 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Dismissing Popup Dialogs in AutoCAD - apply Windows hooks to dismiss dialog in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

What's New in Autodesk Inventor 2016 - Text in Drawings - dialog box layout is changed slightly to better organize things, offers buttons for bullets, strikethrough, zoom in/out arrows are no more although functionality remains, allows changing case of texts, rotating texts, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Apr 8, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Window-Select Faces to Assign an Appearance in Inventor - select solid in model browser, choose appearance in pull-down list or apply appearance browser to select all faces, choose 'assign to selection' to apply appearance, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Apr 9, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Set Context Menu for OrdinateDimensionSet Member - create own context menu item to edit member, check OnPreSelect, OnLinearMarkingMenu events of UserInputEvents object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Apr 8, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Linked File Revit MEP has Colors - open visibility/graphic override for 3D view window, create filter, visit filter rules to filter by system classification in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Parametric Shadowbox Panels - open curtain wall panel.rft template file, dimension thickness, lock dimension, set initial offset distance for shadowbox before adding dimension from front reference plane to front face of panel in Revit, Jon McFarland, Curtain Wall BIM, Apr 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Area Decimeter, Pt 1 - macro to add user variable to variable table that stores area of model in square decimeters in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Apr 9, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Area Decimeter, Pt 2 - imports InteropServices namespace into project in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Apr 9, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

A Trick for Updating a Precise Assembly Quickly - send assembly to structure manager in Teamcenter, set current revision rule to one that configures correct revisions to be seen in precise assembly structure, Scott Pigman, The PLM Dojo, Apr 2015 (more Teamcenter articles)

The Hidden Treasures of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, Pt 3 - access grooves feature, select O-Ring or Retaining Ring grooves, pick desired type of O-Ring to adjust groove size, cut groove into model to make it appear in FeatureManager design tree, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS Toolbox tutorials)

Top 5 Tools You Need to Design Faster in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - macros decrease drafting times, automatic marks/push pin avoids popup after placing symbol, same base class filters components list, search tool locates wires/components, keyboard shortcuts generate drawing in no time, Tim Pulaski, CADD Edge, Apr 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Restoring the eDrawings Preview in the EPDM Vault View - locate eDrawings installation folder, open command prompt, change directory to eDrawing installation folder, register dll before finishing registering program, restart Windows explorer to restore preview, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, Apr 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Mold Tools Tricks, Pt 1: Fillet Transitions - handle messy fillet transitions to make them look seamless, professional, Irwin Huisma, YouTube, Apr 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Mold Tools Tricks, Pt 2: Parting Lines and Surfaces - make parting line, compatible parting surface, improve efficiency to make mold better, Irwin Huisma, YouTube, Apr 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Optimizing Dell Precision M6800 for Multi-CAD Power Users - opt for Intel Core i7-4910MQ, AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro graphics options with 8GB of discrete video memory, decent replacement for desktop workstation, price for customized configuration starts from $2655, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 6, 2015 (more laptop reviews)

The Cloud - A Bright Future Ahead - cloud-based 3D design products like Onshape, SolidWorks V6-based cloud tools, Autodesk Fusion are at different stages of development, maturity; generational shift is needed for cloud to take off in engineering, design, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 7, 2015 (more cloud articles, CAD development articles)

Samsung Introduces Compact M.2 and mSATA SSDs - Samsung shrinks down popular 850 EVO solid state drive to deliver miniature storage for mobile workstations, includes TurboWrite technology, both drives have 5-year limited warranty, AEC Magazine, Apr 2, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

First Look: Sneak Peek at Modo 901 Shows New Tools and Interface - better Booleans in every box, new progressive texture baking, improved tools for everyday modeling tasks, layered multi-resolution sculpting, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 7, 2015 (more Modo reviews)

How to Use Depth of Field in KeyShot - enable depth of field, set focal point, adjust intensity, KeyShot, Apr 6, 2015 (more KeyShot articles)

Take Your Vault Back-Ups to the Next Level - upload task scheduler priority value to improve Vault backup time, exclude Inventor standard content, validate Vault backup, retail previous backup if current backup fails, Mark Lancaster, Synergis, Mar 7, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Positioning AcPane in Status Bar - support for showing text labels on buttons in status bar is not available in AutoCAD 2015, migrating old sample on status bar, shipped with ObjectARX SDK 2007, to current AutoCAD 2014 or 2015, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Change Text Style of Schematics - open project-wide utilities dialog, select change style option on change attribute section, click setup, choose font before picking project drawings on which changes is to be applied in AutoCAD, Graham Harrison, Micro Concepts, Apr 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Transparent Parts in Autodesk Inventor 2016 - It's New - new version allows ability to show component as transparent by switching to selection priority, making component transparent in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Apr 6, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Task Scheduler and Migrating Colors and Materials - determine usage of realistic appearance assignment in legacy color styles, migrate legacy color, material.xml styles to new custom .adsklib library before adding/updating custom content center libraries in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Unifi for Revit - content management system offers solutions to collate Revit families, stores data on cloud for easy access, approves uploaded content before making it live, available as subscription service, 14-day free trial, AEC Magazine, Mar 13, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Revit 2015 - Alpha Numeric Revisions - navigate to title block file to open it, visit project browser to expand schedules section, pick revision schedule, select edit button next to fields option before adding them to scheduled fields, James Philip, CADline, Apr 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Set Views to Print with Revit API - set print range to 'selected views/sheets' in dialog that appears after clicking print menu, apply ViewSheetSetting.InSession.Views to set views for printing in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Apr 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo Barrel Vault Brace, Pt 1 - create GMA family with hosted constrained adaptive point, model line circle, 2 types, parameter, apply family to control radius of form elements within brace family, Richard Binning, Beside the Cursor, Mar 25, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo Barrel Vault Brace, Pt 2 - form GMA bracing family with nested GMA family, generate constraints, subcategories, materials, top/bottom chord before saving family, Richard Binning, Beside the Cursor, Mar 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo Barrel Vault Brace, Pt 3 - apply type selector to set family, hover above adaptive point until end point option is selected, add family type parameter labeled BraceRadius, create form element before flexing resulting geometry, Richard Binning, Beside the Cursor, Mar 30, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Easy Template Storage - store templates away from installation, maintain templates under single top level folder before categorizing them by adding sub-folder, Rachel Diane York, Fisher/Unitech, Apr 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Copied and Derived Sketches - copy existing sketch using copy & paste, derived sketches method, Ron Grover of GoEngineer, YouTube, Apr 1, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Modify Sketch Tool - apply utility to move, rotate, scale, mirror copied sketches, Ron Grover of GoEngineer, YouTube, Apr 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using form•Z with Revit - fast, easy-to-use 3D modeling program to complement Revit, easy interface, organic shapes are breeze to model, available in 3 versions: pro, jr, free, Michael Anonuevo, CADdigest.com, Apr 7, 2015 (more formZ reviews)

Powering the Internet of Things - exploring maintenance-free options for energy harvesting, battery technology in wireless products, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2015 (more engineering articles)

Adding Value with Robotics - utility of robotics lies in making reverse molds that help engineer in creating final mold, Andy Glaser, MoldMaking Technology, Apr 1, 2015 (more CAM articles)

Using Lead Rubber Bearings in Base Isolation Systems - studying impact of lead rubber bearings on building frame's response to earthquakes using nonlinear structural materials module in COMSOL Multiphysics, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Apr 6, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp - easy-to-use, quick, efficient tool for early conceptual MEP design, enables easy collaboration, great 3D MEP solution for under $1,000, Shaun Bryant, AEC Magazine, Mar 18, 2015 (more SketchUp articles)

MassMotion Flow - pedestrian/crowd simulation tool, system supports 3DS, DXF, FBX, IFC formats, highly configurable portals, typically 15,000 agents can be calculated in real time, graphs, animations can be easily exported, AEC Magazine, Mar 17, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Transitioning to Level 2 BIM - advice for CAD manager in medium-sized, multi-disciplinary practice to smooth path to collaborative Level 2 BIM, Shaun Bryant, AEC Magazine, Mar 17, 2015 (more AEC articles)

AutoCAD 2016: 30 Releases Young and Still Going Strong, Pt 1 - create new drawing, access named objects from ribbon, reorder layout tabs, locate tools in AutoCAD, snap to geometric center of closed polyline, Lee Ambrosius, CADdigest.com, Apr 3, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016: Dimensioning - enhanced DIM command is available from annotate ribbon tab, automatically creates appropriate dimensions based on type of objects selected, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, Apr 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

What’s New in AutoCAD 2016: The Interface - new tab is changed to start tab, + icon creates new file, new CLOSEALLOTHER command closes all drawings except current tab, layout scrolling when dragging, enhanced status bar layout, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Apr 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD Hacked, Pt 2 - analyze code to eliminate vulnerabilities to malformed data, update CAD manager control utility, upgrade security options dialog box to improve accessibility to trusted paths, support for attaching digital signatures to AutoLISP, Dieter Schlaepfer, Lynn Allen's Blog, Apr 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Connections and Details on Location View Tab - 'details' tab displays component details in table format; 'connections' tab displays wiring, connection information in table format in AutoCAD Electrical, Pat Murnen, Point-to-Point, Apr 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical articles)

InfraWorks 360: Use a Simple Script to Add Google Map Links to Tooltips - hover over feature to view tooltip, click 'show in Google maps link,' add Google maps link to InfraWorks 360 feature tooltip, Elliott Rosenfeld, BIMagination, Apr 3, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Embedding an Image in a Drawing - create custom object derived from AcDbRasterImageDef that saves/loads image data to/from drawing in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Apr 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Survey Point - place survey information close to project base point of project, apply acquire coordinates tool to pull related information in from external linked source in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Survey Point, Pt 2 - link project with master site file using auto-origin to origin positioning, align model, check ground floor elevation, handle another similar model before publishing coordinates in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Apr 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

The Process of 3D Printing - consider design requirements, skirt, brim, raft methods to attach 3D print to bed, design, save object in Solid Edge, orient model in build space before setting parameters, Siemens PLM Software Community, Apr 6, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles, Solid Edge tutorials)

Top 3 Challenges Buying a Consumer 3D Printer for Commercial Use - maintain accuracy of 3D printed parts by checking repeatability components, schedule system maintenance to avoid unexpected machine downtime, adjust calibration, Walter Garvey, CADD Edge, Apr 2, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - 3D Printing Support - click on Print3D button on CommandManager bar to access local 3D printer, install Windows 8.1 printer driver, open CAD design in SOLIDWORKS to open Print3D PropertyManager when orienting, printing model, Todd Domke, HRS Blog, Apr 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, rapid prototyping articles)

Aligned Views: Do We Always Want Them? - hold down ctrl while laying down views to temporarily turn off alignment, release ctrl before laying down view to revert to closest aligned view, reposition it to match in SOLIDWORKS, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Create Better Looking Simulation Plots - create camera, choose plain white appearance of scene to eliminate any gradient/scene in background, run simulation, hide plot before creating mask of components to be replaced in SOLIDWORKS, Franco Rotoli, CADimensions Blog, Apr 1, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures to Make You Mighty - click, hold right-mouse button, drag cursor in any direction to generate top view using tool, select command based on direction of drag, make gestures routine part of workflows to increase efficiency, Charlie Preston, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Apr 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using the SOLIDWORKS EPDM View Setup Tool - launch program, select servers to communicate across network, choose Vault from list of Vaults available on archive server, attach file location before clicking on finish to complete process of adding Vault view, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, Apr 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Using the Selection Manager - apply tool to create sweeps without sketch path, lofts or boundary bosses, groups of edges, YouTube, Apr 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Wire Cabling Order Basics - employ command to allow detail level control on connection of devices, Rhyc Sandberg, YouTube, Apr 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

BOXX APEXX 2 2401 - overclocked, purpose-built system, well-balanced machine, lacks secondary storage drive beyond 240 GB SSD, but excellent support, warranty policies justify price tag, base price starts at $2,937, JV Bolkan, Cadalyst, Apr 2, 2015 (more BOXX workstation reviews)

Exploration, Optimization and Iterative Design - exploration vs optimization, simpler UIs aid adoption, cultural shift is needed from trial and error to process driven, Brian Albright, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

GTC 2015: NVIDIA Serves Current CAD Computing Models and Builds Out New Options, Pt 2 - NVIDIA is not alone in pursuing virtual workstation technologies, which promise to make large projects available at any time to team members around globe, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Apr 2, 2015 (more NVIDIA articles, graphics cards articles)

Prelude to COFES: What Does a System Look Like? - TimeLike is connect-the-blocks software framework for general purpose modeling, simulation of time-dependent systems, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Apr 1, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

Customizing Solid Edge - macro to update all drawing views for individual sheet, Cadimage PLM, Mar 25, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Expert Interview with Luca Vidotto of CL3VER - cloud-based platform to enhance CAD process, CL3VER features for creating real-time 3D, role of CAD workstations in 3D workflow, CADspeed, Apr 2, 2015 (more MCAD articles, CAD hardware articles)

What to Expect Now That You're Hired - learn more AutoCAD, actual drafting techniques, get to know designer, 'go-to' CAD guy/gal, Murray Clack, AUGI Library, Apr 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016: Revision Clouds - tool includes rectangular, polygonal, freehand methods of creation, number of grips displayed for revision clouds is reduced, new modify option allows drawing new revision cloud segments, erasing selected portions of existing revision clouds, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, Apr 3, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD Hacked, Pt 1 - alter AutoLISP or other executable files if they contain malware, replace trusted application with modified version, avoid downloading illegal software, change drawing files if they try to overflow memory with executable code, Dieter Schlaepfer, Lynn Allen’s Blog, Apr 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Using Special Characters in Inventor iProperty Fields - open Windows character map, browse to font being used, pick symbol, click 'select' located beside characters to copy, place it on Windows clipboard before pasting character in Inventor, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Apr 2, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Configure a Shared Environment Without Vault - install content center libraries on local drive, copy library files from local drive to shared network location, change location of libraries to network location before updating application options in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Migration Tips and Tricks - resolve unresolved references or break links to prepare for data migration, back-up data files before on-demand migration, correct project file folder option paths before migrating design data, styles in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit 2015 - Alpha Numeric Revisions - navigate to title block file to open it for editing, expand schedules section in project browser, pick revision schedule, add schedule fields before renaming heading box in formatting tab, James Philip, CADline, Apr 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Split Surface: How Does it Work? - create simple surface with reference planes, add points along line in order to split surface, maintain current triangulation in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Apr 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating a Sketchless Surface Cut in SOLIDWORKS - define reference plane, visit surface command manager to form cut with surface feature, Heather Sutton, ModernTech, Apr 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Administration Made Easy with the CAD Admin Dashboard - login to customer portal account, enable customer experience improvement program to allow sending information to CAD admin dashboard, set user's settings as baseline to evaluate other users' configurations in SOLIDWORKS, Cody Pendzich, SolidNotes, Apr 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Copied and Derived Sketches - tips to copy existing sketch using 'copy and paste,' derived sketch method in SOLIDWORKS, Ron Grover, YouTube, Apr 1, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - New in 2015: Creating and Saving a Template - process to generate SOLIDWORKS Inspection project template for add-in, YouTube, Mar 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

BOXX APEXX 2 Review: Peak Performer - Intel Core i7-4790K CPU, 16GB DDR3 memory, NVIDIA Quadro K5200 card, delivers excellent performance at very reasonable price, perfect for CAD, 3D modeling apps, base price is $2,937, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2015 (more BOXX workstation reviews)

Kenesto - cloud-based version, Kenesto Drive for small firms that have started to utilize web for storing, sharing files without any document management, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 2, 2015 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Color in Drawings - set up drawings in color using shaded views, colored wireframe views in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Mar 31, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Ease of Use is the New Mission in CAM - open-source CAM helps users accomplish basic tasks like cutting text into solids, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Apr 1, 2015 (more CAM articles)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 - Un-Hiding the Hidden Messages - visit systems tab, hidden message settings, select options to be turned on, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Apr 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Factory Design Suite Tips & Tricks: Data Extraction from AutoCAD - visit linking & extraction panel inside insert tab to select extract data tool, determine location to save data extraction file, choose objects, properties to extract before pre-viewing output data, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Mar 31, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Fusion 360 API: Load 3rd Library in JavaScript - visit script, add-ins dialog, click script, details, full path to determine location of script, set folder location of script when creating it, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Apr 1, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

What's New in Autodesk Inventor 2016 - new technology for importing files from other CAD systems, associative DWG, electromechanical link between Inventor, AutoCAD Electrical, shape creation commands, 3D printing environment, simplified drawing options, graphics, workflow enhancements, Procad Software Blog, Apr 1, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Autodesk Updates Inventor Brings Fusion 360's CAM Tools to the Cloud - direct modeling toolbox is updated, new 3D printer environment option makes 3D printing simpler, environment supports multi-CAD work, CAM updates strengthens Fusion 360, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 2, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Inventor 2015 - Reorient Sketch - apply 'edit co-ordinate system' tool to adjust orientation of sketch, rotate sketch correctly by creating zero-offset workplane on target face for sketch, right-click on plane before hitting flip normal in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, Apr 2, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Tip Retrieve Dimensions - place few views, right click on base view, select retrieve dimensions to set sketch dimensions that apply to view in Inventor, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Mar 31, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Bottom of Pipe Tag for Revit 2015 - apply spot elevation annotation in plan, section/elevation views, configure system tag family with type settings for prefix value, set instance parameters that allows relative base to be current level, or specify level, Chris Perry, A Word on BIM, Mar 31, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Is My Propagate Extents Button Broken in Revit? - control propagation of 2D portion of levels, gridlines, re-select floor, ceiling plan views from project browser, de-select crop view option, stretch 2D extents of gridline before applying propagate extents feature, Sash Kazeminejad, Ideate, Apr 1, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

The Appification of Simulation - future of online marketplace offering thermal, structural, airflow, fluid flow simulation apps for specific tasks is bright, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

ESI Goes Big - Data, That is - acquired Picviz Labs will help ESI gain traction for its virtual prototyping offering outside its automotive, aerospace base, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Apr 1, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Take Control of the SOLIDWORKS Task Pane - task pane comes with SOLIDWORKS resources, design library, view palette, appearance, scenes, decals, custom properties, SOLIDWORKS forum tabs, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Linking Toolbox Custom Property to SOLIDWORKS Materials - visit Toolbox settings to add custom properties to Toolbox parts, pick list button, click 'select' to open list of SOLIDWORKS materials available, choose material before entering name of BOM display, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Apr 1, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

PhotoView 360 Render Region - click on render region, visit render tools command manager, PhotoView 360 menu, render toolbar to access render region functionality in SOLIDWORKS, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Mar 31, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Data Card Controls for Multi Role Approvals - methods for hiding, showing various approval signature fields on SOLIDWORKS EPDM data cards for use with multi-approval workflows, Erin Fink, YouTube, Mar 31, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - 7 Steps for Creating a Duplicate Vault from Database - process helps in creating exact duplicate of existing Vault in SOLIDWORKS, Erin Fink, YouTube, Mar 31, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Onshape - Game On - Q&A with Jon Hirschtick about 'freemium' model of Onshape, aiming at potential users, complexity of 3D geometry modeling; looking at what future holds with hottest 3D design product launch in decades, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 1, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

GTC 2015: NVIDIA Serves Current CAD Computing Models and Builds Out New Options, Pt 1 - new hardware powers higher fidelity with physically based rendering, CAD professionals harness it for interactive design use, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Mar 31, 2015 (more NVIDIA articles, graphics cards articles)

Simulating the Insertion of a Snap Hook - inserting snap hook into its slot, evaluating stresses, strains using COMSOL Multiphysics, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Mar 31, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

AutoCAD 2016: Help System - click on UI finder to point to customization status bar icon if icon available in status bar is not currently visible in AutoCAD 2016, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, Apr 1, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - Inserting an Excel Spreadsheet into a Table - create table, tick data link radio button in insert table dialog, launch data link manager, obtain new Excel data link, select Excel file before generating entry for newly created data link, Geoff Woodhead, CADline, Apr 1, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 10: There's an Array of Hope - discusses associative capabilities of polar array, rearrange part geometry to create slightly different nesting pattern of part before selecting item to replace, Patrick Hughes, Design and Motion, Mar 31, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD/LT for Mac: FAQ - location of ribbon, able to share DWG, DXF files between Windows, Mac versions of AutoCAD, import custom CUIx file from AutoCAD for Windows to MAC version, change DWG file from using STB to using CTB plot style tables, LT is Still AutoCAD, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD for Mac articles)

Looking at New AutoCAD 2016 and What Lies Ahead for Mac Version - Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Mar 31, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles, AutoCAD for Mac articles)

What's New in Inventor 2016 - allows working with files created in other CAD systems, insert AutoCAD DWG file in Inventor part file as DWG underlay, selective import, multi-thread support, mechanical, electrical interoperability, 3D printing, drawing, visualization, sheet metal enhancements, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Mar 31, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Inventor 2016 - AnyCAD - allows associative import of CAD data from CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, NX, Creo, Alias files, selective import, multi-thread support to work effectively in multi-CAD environment, Clinton Brown, CADline, Apr 1, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Inventor's New Joint Connections - easy-to-use joint connection relationship offers more flexibility than constraints in spite of having similar options, consideration of degrees of freedom in direction of movement of component is required for joint connections, Elvis Sverko, Cadalyst, Mar 31, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Controlling Revit Appearance: View Overrides - press VG as shortcut to open visibility/graphics overrides, employ document filters to control objects in multiple categories at once, adjust settings in view to obtain visualization of choice, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Apr 1, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Hardscape Floors vs Roofs - floors are better for hardscape than roofs as they push down, host level-based families, fascia does not work on curved, sloping edges in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Mar 31, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Detach from Central vs Save As - Make This a Central Model After Save - techniques to create new central file from existing file that has enabled worksets already in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Mar 31, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Re-Researching Lighting Family Instance Placement - check return value of NewFamilyInstance method, apply element lister to view elements that were added to database in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 31, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Adding Assemblies with Duplicate Common Parts into the Enterprise PDM Vault - SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM vault must be configured to prevent duplicate filenames for either entire vault or at minimum for part files; if file has same filename, it is same part, Jenn Pouliot, CAPUniversity, Apr 1, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Part Appearances within Assembly Files - apply new appearance to sub assembly, assign third color if assembly is used in another top level assembly in SOLIDWORKS, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Apr 1, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

eDrawings 2015 vs eDrawings 2014 - 2015 version supports ability to apply saved/named, annotation views, but sub-assembly components don't highlight in tree unless sub-assembly is expanded, tooltips for components are currently un-available, can't rotate drawing views, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Mar 31, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Where in the World is SOLIDWORKS? - type name of tool/feature in right search tool, click on pair of glasses on right, move pointer to feature/tool before clicking on its icon to launch it in SOLIDWORKS, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Mar 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Where Did the Colors in My SOLIDWORKS Drawing Go? - turn on line format toolbar, check color display mode, ensure button is on if it appears to be pressed, else view colors that is assigned through layers, Patricia Bar, CADD Edge, Mar 31, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

PhotoView 360 Luxology Appearances - click on link for PhotoView 360 appearances in customer portal, press SOLIDWORKS asset sharing link, 'take me to assets' option to locate, download material in SOLIDWORKS, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Mar 31, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Adding a Bill of Materials - tips to import/extract BOM to projects using import, extraction methods, YouTube, Mar 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Bentley OpenRoads Tip: 4 Things I Learned While Creating My First Civil Cell - always enter feature name, feature definition for all of civil cell geometry at time of creation, length of civil cell centerline must be 'locked,' clipping is best done as secondary operation due to processing time, Ben Johnson, Envision CAD, Mar 27, 2015 (more InRoads articles)

Exa's Q4 Revenue Up 11%, Won't Quiet Activist Shareholders - revenues from Americas was $4.4 million, up about 16%, Exa has been hiring to support new development, to add sales, services capacity, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Mar 31, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Dassault's New Upgrades to R2015x Simulia Engineering Simulation Tool Brings Focus to the Designer - extend reach to designers, enhanced simulation workflows, analytics, CATIA V5 analysis migration, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 31, 2015 (more CATIA articles)

Flexible High-Speed Mold Machining - learn about variables that need to be considered when setting up particular specifications for desired double-column machine, Scott Baldus, MoldMaking Technology, Mar 1, 2015 (more CAM articles)

AutoCAD 2016 New Features - Getting What You Wish For - geometric center object snap, revised revision clouds, text frames to add border around multiline text object, David Cohn, CADLearning, Mar 31, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Project Manager's New Tab - location view tab to check list of all devices, terminals, cable markers in active project, filter tree view based on installation, location values in AutoCAD Electrical 2016, Pat Murnen, Point-to-Point, Mar 30, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical articles)

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: User-Defined Properties for Parcels - create user-defined property classification, user-defined property, view, enter, or edit user-defined property values, Bryan Sullivan, Envision CAD, Mar 30, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Vault 2015 - Files Checked-Out Reporting - select root folder to view people involved in specific Vault databases, select required folder followed by configure, browse files option to access report settings dialog, Kim Hyde, CADline, Mar 31, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Inventor 2016: What's New Review - UI features have been organized, allows printing directly from Inventor, identifies sketch plane source, parts, multi-body support in sheet metal looks praiseworthy, drawing environment is improved, brings in overhauled base view creation, editing, John Evans, Design & Motion, Mar 27, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Autodesk Inventor 2016 What's New - Home Dashboard - enhanced home screen is now divided into new, projects, recent documents, each section of home page is customized by moving them to new location on page or scaling them to different sizes, Craig Bashor, The Industry, Mar 26, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Autodesk Inventor 2016 Now Uses Any CAD Format - new version natively imports, maintains associativity with all major CAD file formats, allows reading BOM of source files via Inventor's BOM dialog, AutoCAD DWG underlay also adds to multi-CAD banner, Scott Moyse, Design & Motion, Mar 27, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Autodesk Inventor 2016: Sheet Metal New Features - 2016 version improves zero bend radius support, material thickness detection in standard part to sheet metal part conversion, punch tool now shows center selection count, enhanced dialog, John Evans, Design & Motion, Mar 27, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Inventor 2016 - DWG Underlay Tip and Tricks - create 3D model using DWG data to position, update, break links between data in Inventor, Clinton Brown, CADline, Mar 31, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Modify Your Bill of Materials in Autodesk Inventor - open assembly that has sub-assembly inside it, insert parts list inside drawing, visit assembly to activate BOM, change BOM structure on sub-assemblies before switching back to .idw, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Mar 30, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Entitlement API in Inventor - apply GetUserId function to obtain currently logged in user's internal Autodesk ID, allow add-in to load when loading sample project for first time, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Mar 28, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

How to Make Threads in SOLIDWORKS - insert cosmetic thread when adding tapped holes, model geometry threads is applied when part being modeled requires thread as part of tooling process, Jake Gosling, CADtek Blog, Mar 31, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

PhotoView 360 Basic Settings - adjust render image quality, aspect ratio, bloom set point, extent to determine amount of light that will reflect off surface, set direct caustic amount, quality to improve visualization in SOLIDWORKS, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Mar 31, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Swept Flange Pattern Options - flatten part, right click on flat pattern1 feature to edit feature, select new fixed face in properties dialog box to change way part is flattened in SOLIDWORKS, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS: Document Properties and Flat Pattern Colors for Sheet Metal - show bend line directions in different colors in print using sheet metal document properties dialog box in SOLIDWORKS, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: How to Input a Pipe Slope Angle in Degree or Radian - select targeted slope segment(s), gravity plane, start point, delete angle dimension, apply smart dimension command to measure it again, modify existing dimension of slope angle, Siavash Khajehhasani, Javelin Technologies, Mar 31, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Bend Lines Not Shown: Some Common Explanations - select drawing view, choose flat pattern as view to add annotations that also includes bend notes in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Mar 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical for Hydraulic Schematics - tips to create hydraulic schematic, import symbols from outside sources, process to obtain BOM automatically in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Newton, YouTube, Mar 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Review: Delcam PowerShape 2015 - improved reverse engineering tools, morphing tools to support use of mesh geometry as reference point, ability to edit curves or edges that define model at any point, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 30, 2015 (more PowerShape reviews)

Workstation Options for CAD Span the Economic Spectrum - 4 basic categories of deskside workstations, entry single-socket vs premium dual-socket, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Mar 29, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

How to Prep an STL File for Printing - exporting STL from SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, Creo, Solid Edge, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 30, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles, MCAD articles)

Improving Your Meshing with Partitioning - working of Meshing Algorithm, meshing helix geometry primitive in COMSOL, geometries with high aspect ratios, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Mar 27, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Bluebeam Tip: Adding a Responsibility Column with a Choice to Your Worklist - creating responsibility list to import, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Mar 26, 2015 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

AutoCAD 2016: Calling Commands from External Events Using .NET - apply RECTANG to create square polylines, create FileSystemWatcher for path, protect command-calling function with flag to avoid eInvalidInput failures, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Mar 30, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

ACA/AMEP 2016: Styles Browser, Pt 2 - apply color selection tool to select background color of preview images, double click on style/definition to initiate ADD command for that object type, visit styles browser to easily access styles, definitions, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Bearing and Distance Inconsistencies - invoke 'bearing and distance' command to draw top line from transparent commands toolbar, line command to snap to center of circle, 'bearing and distance transparent' command before setting quadrant, bearing, distance values in Civil 3D, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Mar 27, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Sketching a Circle Around the Competition with Inventor 2016 - quickly identify sketch source plane, share sketch, create tangent dimensions between circular or arc geometry, show all constraints persistence, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 27, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Autodesk Inventor 2016 - Drawing Environment Improvements - easy to create drawing view, more streamlined view placement, balloon improvements include 'align to edge' option, ability to use sketched symbol while ballooning shape, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Mar 27, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Presenting Inventor 2016 - What's New with Presentations? - ability to quickly select objects by window selection, to switch active design view at any time, tweak components minitoolbar, triad manipulator, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 27, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Inventor 2016 - What's New - support for Image Based Lighting (IBL), revised configurations for RapidRT rendering engine, ray tracing, vText, leader text is redesigned, enhanced symbols list, OS support, freeform parts, sheet metal parts, annotation leaders, additive manufacturing tools, Inventor Topix, Mar 27, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

What's New in Autodesk Inventor 2016 - new AnyCAD opens other CAD files natively with associativity, electromechanical workflows, freeform tools, additive manufacturing module, rendering engine, multi-body sheet metal, enhanced presentation module, home screen, drawing, part modeling options, Australian CAD Blog, Mar 28, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

10 Reasons Why Inventor is Still My Sweetheart - ease of use, top down modeling, drawings capabilities, comprehensive list of hole, thread specifications, fasteners, constraints still work better, parametric tolerancing, John Evans, AUGI Library, Mar 27, 2015 (more Inventor articles)

Controlling Inventor's - Look At Behavior - pick 'align with local coordinate system' option to automatically rotate sketch by 90 degrees, creating new sketch with this setting rotates part model more while aligning 2D sketch view with axis, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Mar 29, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Entity Specific Context Menu - add items to context menu inside OnLinearMarkingMenu event handler, initialize Class_Initialize function to check if control definition is registered in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Mar 29, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit: Transfer Project Standards - visit model or drafting view in project, select transfer project standards found on manage tab of settings panel, pick project, items to be transferred, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Mar 27, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit: Project and View Rotation Options - resize crop boundary after rotation, apply rotate true north to set orientation of view to true north, pick 'rotate project north' to change location of project north from default top of view, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Mar 27, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: Do Not Add or Delete Elements When Iterating Document - filter all families, locate, load .rfa file, print ids, names of filtered families before calling ReloadFamily, check for existence of duplicated ids in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Mar 30, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Changing the Viewport Axis in SOLIDWORKS Composer - browse file tab on command ribbon, click on properties, select document properties, click on viewport, find vertical axis setting to reorient vertical axis, David Ramsey, ModernTech Blog, Mar 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Simulate the Solar Eclipse with SOLIDWORKS - employ motion force function builder with 'expression' option to create gravitational force, visit force property manager to set force to act from center of moon to center of Earth, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Mar 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2015 - support for IFCs, format painter now handles custom properties, 3D modeling enhancements, dimension text can be set to always face user, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Mar 30, 2015 (more TurboCAD reviews)

8 Common Drawing Mistakes to Avoid - basic dimensions should always be to three decimal places, extension lines of dimensions should not touch model sides, dimensions should line up in chain fashion, Carlos Gonzalez, Machine Design, Mar 25, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

Solid Edge Tips and Tricks, Pt 6 - pasting clipboard geometry to its original location, exporting to dxf without including drawing sheet background, orient reference plane to opposite side, migrate materials from ST6 to ST7, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Mar 25, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

How to View a STL File in Viewer - login to Teamcenter as 'infodba,' input 'seco' into search field, select 'SecondaryVMUDatasets,' Add> 'STL,' Doug Golomb, Design Fusion, Mar 26, 2015 (more Teamcenter articles)

Power InRoads Tip: 3 Things I Learned Using Civil AccuDraw for the First Time - Civil AccuDraw is feature rich, flexible, easy to use, Bryan Sullivan, Envision CAD, Mar 27, 2015 (more InRoads articles)

PDM vs PLM - What is the Difference and What do I Need? - organizations designing with modern parametric CAD app like SOLIDWORKS can benefit from PDM system; companies having complex BOM, need of advanced BOM management, regulatory issues should opt for PLM, Gabe Enright, CADD Edge, Mar 26, 2015 (more PDM articles, PLM articles)

Cinerender: How to Get a Custom Background to Display Through Glass - check 4 compositing settings to get correct weather preset sky background in ArchiCAD: sky visibility, sky luminance, sky reflection, sky refraction, ArchiCAD SADC, Mar 26, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Optimizing Microsoft Surface Pro 3 for CAD - optimizing for lightweight, mid-range users; minimum configuration for engineering students: i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256GB SSD; benefits of CAD viewing & OneNote, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 24, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

AutoCAD 2016 is Here - TrustedDWG technology to share design data, faster detailing, documentation, tighter coordination with BIM, enhanced PDF output, improved smart dimensioning, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Mar 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles

Autodesk Releases AutoCAD 2016 - improvements in drawing canvas, latest graphics hardware offers visual accuracy, enhanced PDFs, smart dimensioning, reality computing, BIM coordination, available as perpetual license with/without maintenance subscription or desktop subscription, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Mar 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles

Top 10 New Features in AutoCAD 2016 - geometric center object snap, revision cloud, dimensioning, text frame, status bar, Xref, PDF, point cloud, Navisworks support, system variable monitor, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Mar 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles

Maintaining Connectivity Between AutoCAD Plant 3D Catalogs, Specs and Models - devise plan for maintaining part data, invoke check for updates from catalogs, batch update specs from catalogs commands to verify, update current data in spec database, set spec to model connectivity, Joel Harris, In the Pipes, Mar 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Share a Public Link of Your Fusion 360 Design - open data panel inside Fusion 360, locate design to be shared, right click on design to select 'share public link' before adjusting privacy settings, Taylor Stein, Design Differently, Mar 24, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

To Control Add-in Behavior - modify AddInLoadRules.xml by visiting add-in manager dialog box or by manually editing file in text editor, deploy file to users in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 - IDW/DWG 2D and 3D AutoCAD Interoperability - open Inventor IDW drawing, save copy as AutoCAD DWG/DXF, select options, versions, set scale, layer, linetype, AutoCAD template, block options, configure setup before batch processing tasks, Chris Turner, CADline, Mar 27, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Migrate Inventor Files in the Vault - open task scheduler, log in to Vault as administrator, select Vault project to migrate files, employ job processor to update visualization attachments later, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Moves with Nearby Element - Non-Hosted Revit Families - create face-hosted components that does not get deleted when host is deleted, else apply non-hosted plumbing fittings in combination with 'moves with nearby element' in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Mar 27, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Revit: Encountered an Improper Argument - run Windows update, clean temp folder located under user folder, reboot machine to check if problem is solved, else uninstall Revit software, remove registry files, folders, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Mar 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Revit Architecture 2015 - Removing a Single Dimension from a Run of Dimensions - hover over entire chain of dimensions, press tab key to highlight dimension requiring deletion, select delete tool in modify tab to delete selected dimension, Martin Phelps, CADline, Mar 27, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - The What's New You Didn't Hear About, Pt 1: Configuration Toolbar - visit tools, options to turn on 'quick show configurations,' add configurations toolbar to change active configuration of assembly currently open in SOLIDWORKS, Bob McGaughey, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Create a Revolve in SOLIDWORKS - create 2D sketch, solid sketch geometry on side of axis, select revolve boss/base feature, select axis to be used for revolve before specifying direction, angle, Jake Gosling, CADtek Blog, Mar 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Unlocking the Secrets of SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2015 Webinar - UI updates, license manager changes, new permissions, workflow capabilities added in SOLIDWORKS 2015, Jeff Gherardi, YouTube, Mar 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Model Section Views to Drawings - tips to create section views in 3D models, insert them into 2D drawing in SOLIDWORKS, Matt Aten, YouTube, Mar 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Convert Sheet Metal vs Make Sheet Metal Part - YouTube, Mar 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How a Modern Workhorse Breathes: A Look at Lenovo ThinkStation's Tri-Channel Cooling System - segments chassis into 3 separate compartments, clear front-to-back airflow to bring cool air in, pump warm air out, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Mar 25, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation articles)

Frame is About to Put All of Your CAD Apps in the Cloud: Our Interview with CEO Nikola Bozinovic - idea for Frame, benefits of Frame over browser/mobile specific development, business models of different clients, Frame vs Windows desktop virtualization offerings, near future of cloud, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Mar 25, 2015 (more cloud articles, CAD development articles)

FEA Solver, Results Viewing Tool & Vibro-Aeroacoustic Comes to STAR-CCM+ - vibro-aeroacoustic simulation software, Wave6 was announced at STAR-Global Conference 2015, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 24, 2015 (more STAR-CCM+ articles)

Tears of Wine and the Marangoni Effect - modeling Marangoni Effect in COMSOL Multiphysics, Brianne Costa, COMSOL Blog, Mar 25, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Why Your Data Management Plan Depends on Your WAN - workable wide-area network is key to keeping users on straight, narrow procedural path, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 25, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

How Real-Time Ray Tracing Can Uncover Dangerous Design Flaws - paired with new Quadro M6000 graphics card, NVIDIA's new Iray 2015 rendering technology quickly models the way light bounces around scene, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Mar 25, 2015 (more NVIDIA articles, graphics cards articles, rendering articles)

Running Performance Improved by Bespoke 3D Printed Spikes - based on curve running data, New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. makes customized laser-sintered spike plates for runners, improving performance, CADdigest.com, Mar 24, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SketchUp Gets Extreme with Skatepark Designer Dug Ketterman - Q&A about skatepark design, SketchUp extensions, organizing models, advice to aspiring SketchUp users, Stephen Grant, SketchUpdate, Mar 24, 2015 (more SketchUp articles)

AutoCAD 2016 New Features - A First Look - renames new tab, help system's UI finder animated arrow now identifies tools within status bar, ribbon, presents intelligent DIM command that predicts type of dimension to be created, updated section plane tools, David Cohn, CADLearning, Mar 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

ACA/AMEP 2016: Styles Browser, Pt 1 - new styles browser reviews AEC object styles, avoids need to create, maintain tool palette tool for every office standard style, UI comes with search style edit box, button to open online help, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

What's New in AutoCAD Electrical 2016 - location view links all components, wires, harnesses, keeps design changes in sync, intelligent default wire sequencing follows wire numbering logic, child components are now linked directly to parent, new circuit builder API, Synergis, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - Render - physically based path tracing render provides simple ways to render, new render UI has significantly fewer settings making it faster, easier to create renderings, render presets help specify render quality, CADline, Mar 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016: Calling Commands from AutoCAD Events Using .NET - apply ExecuteInCommandContextAsync() to launch command reliably from event handler, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Downloading AutoCAD 2016 - Where's the English - click on products in Autodesk website, select program to be installed, click on more options, download now, set version, OS, language, scroll language arrow to bottom to find English before installing download manager, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Mar 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk 2016 - Moving to 100% Subscription. Will You Hate It or Will You Love It? - depends how Autodesk implements it, users will welcome local pricing which is fair, uniform across globe, Tom Lansford, CADplace, Feb 5, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk's Tinkerplay App: Fun with 3D Design and 3D Printing - free app targeted for kids of all ages, available on various mobile platforms, Sanjeev Pal, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 25, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Search for an Object in Your InfraWorks 360 Model Using Text or Numbers - apply filter select command to create, set expression that specifies search-select conditions, visit model explorer to categorize model objects by feature class in InfraWorks 360, Elliott Rosenfeld, BIMagination, Mar 25, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Using Civil 3D 2015 via Console - launch console, load additional .NET assembly AeccDbMgd.dll to make custom .NET DLL work in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Mar 26, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Design-Level BIM - encourage engineers to model pipes in Revit that is based on actual pipe construction specification rather than fluid within pipe, pick real-world content for Revit projects before populating SysQue ‘Systems.xml’ file, Thomas Fuller, AUGI Library, Mar 25, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Cleaning Up Topo Edges - draw reference plane along edge of topo while editing surface, move or copy points to align with reference plane in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Mar 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit MEP 2015 - Electrical Containment and Trunking - wall sweep tool creates swept profile but fails to work on model walls, workaround is to duplicate duct family, rename it as trunking, add type comment as 'trunking' to aid in view, Dennis Collin, CADline, Mar 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Resize Cropbox of View? - create view before setting its CropBox property, else apply SetCropRegionShape method of class ViewCropRegionShapeManager, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Mar 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Mate References - create mate reference to mate subassembly into higher level assembly, set same name to mate references in both parts in SOLIDWORKS, Art Woodbury, CAPUniversity, Mar 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Why Do My SOLIDWORKS Drawing Dimensions Move After I Placed Them? - visit system options tab, drawings section, un-check 'reduce spacing when dimensions are deleted or edited' option to make dimensions stay exactly where they are placed, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, Mar 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Why I Love MySolidWorks (And You Should, Too) - serves as single source of content, acts as great training resource, allows accessing Dropbox or Google Drive accounts for sharing, viewing files through web browser, Stephen Petrock, ModernTech Blog, Mar 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Access SOLIDWORKS EPDM from Any Device - Web2 is new web client used on virtually any device, allows searching, viewing, determine workflow, file operations, folder list UI makes selecting multiple files easy, Lauren Kennedy, ModernTech Blog, Mar 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Creating a Forming Tool  - easily define stopping face, faces to remove, insertion point of tool, understand file types available when saving forming tool to design library, YouTube, Mar 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - New Search Tool - apply tool to identify components, find wires, filter through any object in project, YouTube, Mar 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Review: Siemens PLM NX 10 - greater integration with Teamcenter, more powerful sub-division surface modeling tools, wider selection of seed geometry, greater control over more advanced functions, airframe design tools introduced, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 25, 2015 (more NX reviews)

A Cloud Storage, Versioning and Vault Tool Built Specifically for CAD - Kenesto Drive allows users to work with cloud based-files directly from their local workstation, available for $250 a month for 10 users, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 24, 2015 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

3D Printing Essentials and Trends - main concerns for printers are cost, build space, tolerance, materials it can handle, Jeff Kerns, Machine Design, Mar 24, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Rise of the Simulation Stack - cloud simulation platform, Rescale offers integrated, optimized, workflow-driven solution, provides common-use clusters, custom clusters, Randall Newton, Desktop Engineering, Mar 23, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

AutoCAD 2016: Status Bar - status bar now automatically wraps onto 2 rows when there are more icons, isolate objects, lock UI options are newly added to status bar customization menu, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Orchestrating the Drawing of a Lifetime with AutoCAD 2016 - 3D sectioning sets cutting plane, bounded area, volume, section plane supports point clouds, old rendering engine is replaced with new path tracing renderer, attaches Navisworks NWD, NWC files to drawings, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - PDF Enhancements - faster panning, zooming facilities when PDF files are attached as drawing base, publishing, viewing PDF files also offers enhanced performance, quality, CADline, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - Point Clouds  - save different crop areas as named crop states, new section plane drop-down control is added to point cloud contextual ribbon tab to create section objects for selected point cloud, CADline, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

What's New in AutoCAD Electrical 2016, Pt 1 - location view tab, default wire sequence, wire number attributes, annotate one-line diagrams, multi-insert terminals, cross-reference linked children, connector dialog settings, panel ratings, electromechanical features are now available, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical articles)

The AutoCAD/LT 2016 Beta Test: Stats and More - 2000+ users Beta tested latest version, filed over 400 problem reports, made over 150 feature requests, LT is Still AutoCAD, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 9: Hatching, Layers, and More, Oh My - compares AutoCAD release 14 with release 15, discusses hatching, layer manager improvements, object property transparency in AutoCAD 2015, Patrick Hughes, CAD Speed, Mar 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

7 Benefits of Using AutoCAD Sheet Set - manage similar drawings in subsets, publish drawings faster, apply eTransmit tool to pack, send drawings, fill required text in title blocks, creates drawing list, automatic view title, callout number, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Mar 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD Sheet Sets tutorials)

Find References and Replace With - select find references to open window showing places where style is used, double-click on object to navigate to appropriate location in toolspace, specify particular style to replace style in Civil 3D, Kevin Breslin, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Mar 25, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

MTEXT & Line Scale Issue While Exporting Inventor IDW to AutoCAD - change line scale value by UI or through configuration file from DWG file export options dialog, adjust base view scale, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 20, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials, AutoCAD tips)

A Case for Using Adaptivity in Autodesk Inventor - edit jig base, create sketch when required, pick correct edges, expand appearance panel on view ribbon to turn on transparency, project profile from cloudlift before making sketch, part become adaptive by default, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Mar 24, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Displaying SOLIDWORKS File Version in Windows Explorer - change my folder view from list to detail view, add different property columns, locate 'SW last saved with' in choose details dialog to show file as SOLIDWORKS 2015 file in explorer, Christian Maldonado, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Heat Pipe - select component, specify heat flux direct, enter heat pipe's equivalent effective thermal resistance to define heat pipe in SOLIDWORKS, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Mar 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Saving, Exporting, and Resetting Your SOLIDWORKS Settings - process of making a backup copy of SOLIDWORKS settings, restoring those settings to another computer, Mina Bassalious, YouTube, Mar 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Modifying Sub-Type Lists - tips to revise lists particularly dimension sub-types to include thread option in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Mar 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - How to Assign BOM ID's and Edit Tables - utility of BOM Workshop, callouts with magnetic lines, method to display BOM table, customize table columns in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Mar 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What's the Difference Between Stereolithography and Selective Laser Sintering? - SLA works with polymers, resins, not metals, SLS can handle metals; SLA works with liquids, while SLS uses powders; SLA liquid photopolymers cost $80 to $100 per liter, SLS powders costs between $300 and $600 per kg, Jeff Kerns, Machine Design, Mar 23, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Onshape = SOLIDWORKS + Google Docs, Pt 2 - Onshape has good drawing management, is pure server-based program, has no off-line version, available at $100/month, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Mar 19, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

4 Hidden Costs to Bringing Tech Start-Ups to Market - tips for managing prototyping, design, production, people costs, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Mar 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles, CAD industry articles)

Simulating Injection Mold Cooling - introduction to injection mold manufacturing, modeling cooling of injection mold in COMSOL Multiphysics, Brianne Costa, COMSOL Blog, Mar 23, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

2 Tools for Calculating Cut Depth and Cut Width/Stepover When Milling - optimizing cut depth, cut width using G-Wizard's cut optimizer, CADCAM wizards, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Mar 23, 2015 (more CAM articles, rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD 2016: Exceeding Expectations - new 'start' tab consolidates file access tasks in easily accessible central location, new DIM command, revision cloud tool, 3D enhancements, new rendering engine, improved PDF support, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Mar 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016, Pt 3 - new render engine is simple, features user-friendly tooltips, render presets list explains maximum time required for rendering, adjusts render to size, image based lighting option puts model in cool environment, Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, Mar 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016: Annotation Enhancements - Revision Clouds - new revision cloud tool provides option to draw rectangular, polygonal or freehand revision cloud, access creation methods, new set of grips to control geometry of object, add additional line sections with modify option, Geoff Woodhead, CADline, Mar 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Script Types: Action Script and Triggers - 4 kinds of action scripts in PLM 360: on-create, on-edit, on-demand, workflow; configuring script into workspace as on-create, on-edit scripts, Michal Liu, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Mar 23, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

How to Speed Up the Display of AutoCAD 3D Solid Models - set visual style to 2D wireframe or shaded when panning, zooming, turn off intersection edges in any visual style, display of silhouette edges, ViewCube, perspective display, ensure if adaptive degradation is turned on, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD 3D tutorials)

Using Vault to Set Revisions - lifecycle states work in conjunction with revisions, released state locks file to prevent file from getting edited, change file back to 'work in progress' state to edit file, Caleb Funk, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Mar 23, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Stack Numerical and Non-Numerical Text in AutoCAD Mtext - highlight stacked dimensions or words to change way things are stacked, pick lightning bolt to open dialog, check options before un-stacking, adjusting stack properties in AutoCAD, Kent Elrod, Cadalyst, Mar 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Use Toggle Button Ribbon API - open project menu, choose existing item to embed image resource to project, change build action property value to embedded resource before opening stream on embedded image in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Hidden Survey Gems - perform Mapcheck analysis by selecting line, curve labels, change Mapcheck command settings, insert Mapcheck analysis as MTEXT or polyline, employ COGO editor to enter, edit, output 2D traverse data in Civil 3D, Shawn Herring, AUGI Library, Mar 23, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D 2015 - Edit Gradings - re-launch gradings toolbar, select edit grading, pick grading object from drawing to change relative level, berm distance, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Mar 24, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D 2015 Productivity Pack - access 'configure InfraWorks' command to view current settings before opening InfraWorks model, create new settings file, open InfraWorks model, set coordinate system before importing settings file, or refining selection set, Ron Couillard, What's the Word on Civil 3D, Mar 23, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Is a Civil 3D Instance? - obtain running instance of AutoCAD, check if app is Civil 3D, apply object as it allows late-binding, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Mar 24, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Inventor 2015: iLogic - Drive Multiple Constraints - create 2 constraints with named parameters, set loop in iLogic to increment parameter values, force update of display for each time-step to display animation on screen, Luke Davenport, CADline, Mar 24, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Export to PDF/DWF - Cannot Create Font - open affected drawing in Inventor, copy affected text out of textbox to clipboard, paste text in Microsoft Notepad before pasting it back in textblock, else reassign font to affected text, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 24, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

iPart Containing Sweeps Incorrectly Published in Content Center - edit problematic family table or manually correct problematic values once iPart is published in content center, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 20, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Interview with New SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi - first SOLIDWORKS World as CEO, roadmap for future, competition for SOLIDWORKS, more tailoring of software for different industries, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Patterns, Propagate Visual Properties Check Box - tick propagate visual properties check box to drive colors, textures, cosmetic thread data of patterned instances in SOLIDWORKS, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using SOLIDWORKS to Create Festive 3D Models - tips to turn images into 3D CAD models, trace imported sketch picture using Autotrace add-in in SOLIDWORKS, Aaron Winthers & Sean O'Neill, Prism Engineering Blog, Mar 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - How to Use the Linear Coupler Mate - process of making drawer slide in SOLIDWORKS, Jay Pierson, YouTube, Mar 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - New Temporary Fix & Float - tips to unfix component, apply new temporary fix tool to move assemblies that have large range of motion, Shivani Patel, YouTube, Mar 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using the Cloud Offline - SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE design tools have 'off-line mode' to help continue working on designs while travelling, Stephen Endersby of SOLIDWORKS, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Mar 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Glovius CAD Lets You View, Mark Up and Compare CAD Models - Glovius 4.0 provides sharp, well-outlined, stable 3D model viewing, impressive email function, cross-section tool, adjustment feature, ribbon tool layout for the section feature, compare models function, price starts from $295, John Evans, CADdigest.com, Mar 24, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

IMSI Design TurboCAD Mac Pro 8 - fully 64-bit, ACIS R24 delivers binaries for Mac platform that are thread safe, new quad mesh modeling tools, woodworking joinery tools, array of rendering, presentation improvements, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Mar 23, 2015 (more TurboCAD reviews)

Review: Roland MonoFab - combines 3D printing with CNC machining in 2 matched devices: ARM-10 3D printer, Roland SRM-20 CNC mill, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 9, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Expert Interview with Art Whitton of myCADsite on Continual Education for CAD Users - AutoCAD tutorial site aims at new users, allow public schools to use material freely, brief overview of courses, assignments, CADspeed, Mar 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

As-Manufactured Composite Material Characteristics in ANSYS Mechanical - challenges to designing with composites, modeling layered materials with ANSYS Composite PrepPost plug-in, challenges simulating composites, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 23, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Modeling with Linearly Polarized Plane Waves - studying orientation of metallic cylinder hidden inside dielectric shell in COMSOL Multiphysics, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Mar 20, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

AutoCAD 2016 XREF Layer Controls - check layers that are in drawing vs layers that belong to XREFs both in layer properties palette, layers dropdown, control overridden layers by changing XREFOVERRIDE system variable, AutoCAD Tips, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

What's New in AutoCAD Mechanical 2016 - OFFSET command allows previewing geometry as cursor is moved, FILLET command checks appearance of corner before finalizing selection of filet, button is added that can directly create block part references, Clinton Brown, CADline, Mar 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD Mechanical articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - Drawing and Editing - new geometric center object snap allows snapping to geometric center of polygons, polylines, isometric line grid now updates when isoplane is changed via isometric drafting status bar control, CADline, Mar 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk 2016 Products Download Links - Including Suites - go to Autodesk Accounts site to get latest stable builds of Autodesk applications, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Mar 23, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

ACA 2016: Quick Notes - same file format, interface color schemes as in 2015, drawing window status bar is completely removed from ACA, cut plane text is replaced with icon, new tab renamed to start, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture articles)

AutoCAD 2016 New Dimension Tool - new DIM tool allows selecting object, pick points if OSNAPS are on, dimension arcs, circles with 'R' radius marking, diameter symbol in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Adding Datum Identifier Symbol in AutoCAD - activate multileader style, click modify button on 'multiline style manager,' locate arrowhead panel, select datum triangle filled from symbol drop-down before entering maximum leader points on constraint panel, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Mar 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

AutoCAD Tip - Justify Text without Changing the Location - visit modify text option, select justify to adjust text justification without modifying text position, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Running Scripts on Multiple Files - AutoCAD Electrical - tips to push script project wide, push script on all drawings in folder to simply run AutoCAD command or run script on all files in folder, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, Mar 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

2-Way Databinding to a RibbonTextBox Using WPF - apply RibbonTextBox.TextValueBinding to establish databinding in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Latest Update to Sheet Metal Extents Add-In - new capabilities allows defining expressions for parameter values, create single parameter that combines value of iProperty, uninstall any existing sheet metal extents add-ins to install new version of sheet metal extents add-in, Brian Ekins, Mod the Machine, Mar 20, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Tube and Pipe Overview - tube, pipe allows selecting geometry by reusing existing fitting before routing connections, David Gate, CADline, Mar 22, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Moves with Nearby Elements Command - lock lines to wall edges so they move when walls move, apply align tool before locking area boundary lines to walls, tips to apply, identify bugs in 'moves with nearby elements' option in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Mar 22, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Ensuring Your Families Make the Cut - ensure cut with void when loaded in family, model void extrusion(s), apply cut tool before cutting selected element in Revit project, HOK BIM Solutions, Mar 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

IMAGINiT Revit Utilities: Excel Link Tool to Add Rooms or Sheets in Excel - include ElementId, ClarityId or Guid when creating export file, insert number of rows required for placeholders, enter 'create' in id box before saving, importing file back into Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Mar 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

IFCExportUtils Determine Door and Window Area - visit ExporterIFCUtils class to find easy approach to access actual surface/opening area, apply GetInstanceCutoutFromWall, ComputeAreaOfCurveLoops to handle oddly shaped window in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Rotate SOLIDWORKS Drawing View to Align an Edge to Horizontal - apply align drawing view, horizontal method to update view automatically, repeat step of updating standard views if 'update standard views' method is used in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Mar 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - How to Create Reference Planes - turn on/off reference plane(s), Paul Nisihira of GoEngineer, YouTube, Mar 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

A Renaissance in PLM Leadership - Can Bassi Make Lightning Strike Twice for SOLIDWORKS? - what to expect, future developments, respect for legacy, 2 pillared strategy, major challenges, more, Verdi Ogewell, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Calculate the Surface Area of an Assembly - in Solid Edge assembly environment, go to 'tools' tab, toggle on 'simplify,' then select 'visible faces,' 'analyze assembly' option must be active, John Pearson, Design Fusion, Mar 19, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

3DPrinterOS Aims to Create Standard, Reduce 3D Printing Hassles - cloud-based operating system has capabilities of 3D design, 3D printer sharing, live support, management for multiple 3D printers, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Mar 19, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Curve Fitting of Experimental Data with COMSOL Multiphysics - understanding curve fitting as minimization problem, defining 'best-fit' function, using stationary solver in COMSOL Multiphysics to solve coefficients, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Mar 19, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Expert Interview with Pam Broviak on CAD and Public Works Departments - talk about Public Works Group, technological innovations readers are excited about, must-haves for CAD workstations in public works, biggest frustrations with current CAD workstations, CADspeed, Mar 18, 2015 (more CAD industry articles)

AutoCAD 2016 for Developers - DWG, binary application compatible release, number of sysvars related to AutoCAD's security features can now be locked by CAD managers, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Mar 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016, Pt 2 - new GCE osnap cuts down on construction lines, offers command preview commands like BLEND, ERASE, STRETCH, ROTATE, SCALE, PDF enhancements makes SHX fonts, unicode characters searchable, Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen's Blog, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

What's New in AutoCAD 2016 - improved start tab, file tabs, layout tabs, status bar, dimension command, allows controlling quality of vectors, rasters while exporting drawing files to .PDF, Michelle Rasmussen, ASCENT Blog, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - User Interface - new drawing file tab is renamed to start, press ctrl+home to switch focus from current drawing to start tab, tip of day is updated daily in learn page, CADline, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - Annotations - DIM command is now accessible from annotate ribbon tab, apply DIMLAYER system variable to apply to specified command if appropriate dimension layer is not existing in drawing, CADline, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

What's New in AutoCAD 2016? - Autodesk approved some requests on AUGI wishlist: geometric center object snap, updates to revision cloud, new text frame property was added to Mtext objects, Synergis, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

LT 2016: Zoom to Infinity and Beyond - follows default 2013DWG format, ZOOM issue is fixed, revision clouds are now object types, LT is Still AutoCAD, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD LT articles)

LT 2016: New, Changed and Dropped Commands - new: CLOSEALLOTHER, DIGITALSIGN, GOTOSTART, SCRIPTCALL; updated: DIM, OPTIONS, PAGESETUP, REVCLOUD, LT is Still AutoCAD, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD LT articles)

Speed and Simplify with Sheet Set Manager - consolidate drawing files, eliminate multiple layout tabs, create sheet creation template before creating sheet set, import layout(s) from existing drawings, re-associate sheet in sheet set before publishing sheet set in AutoCAD Architecture, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Program AutoCAD-Based Products Using AutoLISP - develop AutoLISP routines in text editor or in Visual LISP interactive development environment to customize software like AutoCAD Electrical that lacks .NET API, Andrew Roe, Cadalyst, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 8: Something Old, Something New - AutoCAD 2015 displays blue window for contained selection, green window for crossing, poly drag mode making selection of objects easy, apply isolate tools, clipboard functions, filters, properties to improve productivity, Patrick Hughes, Design and Motion, Mar 17, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Retrieving Entity Properties Using AccoreConsole - create CRX plugin that uses non-COM property system to display entity properties in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Inventor: The Project Manager Shows Duplicate Project Files in the Temp Folder - install available service packs, updates, delete contents of TEMP folder, remove shortcuts found under my documents folder in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 9, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Sketch Tips - keep sketches simple, apply constraints before placing dimensions, press F8, F9 to turn on, off constraints in Inventor, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Mar 19, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk iLogic Drawing Dimension Automation - methods to automate creation of drawing dimensions via iLogic in Inventor, YouTube, Mar 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

How Do I Change Units in SOLIDWORKS? - visit document properties, units options under tools menu to change units settings, employ modify dimension drop-down or add unit suffix to convert value entered back into defined unit system, Jake Gosling, CADtek Blog, Mar 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Adding Languages in SOLIDWORKS Inspection - download/buy OCR dictionaries that are compatible with language of documents, visit SOLIDWORKS Inspection dictionary location, add new folder in notes folder, move downloaded file to folder created, Jean-Pierre Chalhoub, Javelin Technologies, Mar 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Creating an Apple, Pt 1 - technique to generate organic shape of apple in SOLIDWORKS, Matt Morgan, Mar 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - How to Create Reference Geometry Axis - tips to turn on/off temporary axis in SOLIDWORKS, Paul Nishihira, YouTube, Mar 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

form•Z pro 8 Brings New Modeling Concepts to Architects - impressive dynamic sections, layout tool, realtime rendering engine, materials library, real-time Boolean features, automatic plane, subdivision surfaces, Bill Debevc, CADdigest.com, Mar 20, 2015 (more formZ reviews)

High Speed Rail and BIM - quick look at rail design software: AutoCAD Civil 3D, InfraWorks 360, Bentley Rail Track, Ferrovia plug-in by CGS plus; BIM implementation on high-speed rail projects, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Mar 18, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 SFF - good build quality, quiet operation, easy internal access, good price/performance ratio, acceptable for most prospective design, engineering customers, price starts at $656, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Mar 19, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Onshape Offers a New Paradigm for CAD Collaboration - good basic mechanical CAD program provides fresh approach to collaboration, file management, licensing, Randall Newton, Cadalyst, Mar 19, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

CFD Simulation of Airflow Through Filters in a Dust Collector - as flow rate increases through filters, pressure drop also increases, Richard Smith, Symscape, Mar 18, 2015 (more CFD articles)

AutoCAD 2016 What's New Review - UI enhancements continues with its darker/sleeker 2015 interface, layout tabs are drag, droppable, system monitor watches troublesome system variables, revision clouds now behave like polylines, flexible PDF support, improved reality computing, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016 - What's New - enhanced drawing file tab, layout options, status bar menu, revision clouds, DIM commands, text wrap, layers, new text frame property, closed polyline snapping, improved move/copy, section object adds flexibility to AutoCAD, Jamie Ditsworth, Inventor Topix, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Here is AutoCAD 2016: The Last Perpetual License You Will Ever Get - improved UI elements update NEWTABMODE system variable, revision clouds comes with new ease of editing, enhanced reference controls, annotations, will still run on AutoCAD 2013 DWG, ability to password protect DWG files is removed, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Introducing AutoCAD 2016, Pt 1 - revised version allows creating rectangular, polygonal, freehand or object revision clouds, offers enhanced dimensioning possibilities, new text frame option in properties, Lynn Allen, Lynn Allen’s Blog, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD 2016: File Tabs - NEWTABMODE system variable has been renamed to STARTMODE, new deployment option checks if start tab is displayed for install deployments, CLOSEALLOTHER command offers command line access, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD insider, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Drawing Circles Around the Competition with AutoCAD 2016 - reduced display of grips in numbers when revision cloud is selected, improved DIM command, center OSNAP now snaps to geometric center of closed polyline, improved Xref, PDFs, property previews, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Conducting Your Best Drawing Ever with AutoCAD 2016 - file tabs are updated, allows option to drag, drop layout tab, status bar wrapping, GALLERYVIEW system variable inserts blocks or styles, new UI finder, enhanced graphics, pre-configured system variable monitor, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Docking a WPF Window Inside AutoCAD, Pt 3 - steps to preview docking at one of four corners of drawing window, dock dialog when right mouse-button gets released in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Mar 18, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 6: Take Me to Your Mleader - working with Mleaders, legacy drawings, application of SCRIPT command, batch processing of tasks in AutoCAD, Patrick Hughes, CAD Speed, Mar 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 7: Get a Grip - Editing Solids Made Easy - open 3D workspaces to access help topics with graphics, invoke PRESSPULL command to select face of solid, adjust rotation angle to rotate face along sloped edge in AutoCAD 2015, Patrick Hughes, CAD Speed, Mar 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Stacked Fractions, Subscripts, and Superscripts in Label Styles - add desired symbol between 2 pieces of text, highlight numerator, denominator, stack symbol, once highlighted visit text component editor to select stack fractions button in Civil 3D, James Mussleman, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Mar 17, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Creating Associative Dimension in Paperspace Associated to a Modelspace Entity - code to generate aligned, ordinate dimensions while retaining associativity with reference point in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Cannot Delete an Obsolete Excel File from Parameters Dialog - create copy of xls file, insert it in different Inventor folder, generate Excel file with same file name as mentioned in parameters dialog if original Excel file is no more existing, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 9, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor CER When Distance is Used in Contour Flange - select edge as width extents to generate contour flange in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 13, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Which iProperties are Passed to STEP File While Exporting - check iProperties file description, organization, authorization to obtain overview of information passed to STEP file in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 18, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015 - Adding Dimensions to a Wall with Openings - open aligned dimension tool to change wall centerlines option to wall faces, pick drop-down to entire wall, select options button to display auto-dimensions dialog where openings is set to width, Martin Phelps, CADline, Mar 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Down Time in Afghanistan - turn on design options function after creating main model, generate options to form some view, apply visibility graphics to set view to display contents of particular view in Revit, Ron Palma, Ideate, Mar 18, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Lookup Tables and a Little Chat - Getting the Type Name into a Text Parameter - generate sample look up table before creating text parameters in Revit family, Darren Snook, Revit Waterman, Mar 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Update to Chainlink Fence Railing - revised version utilizes latest railing styles, modified construction displays site view, allows control visibility of view to display as traditional linework in Revit, Richard Binning, Beside the Cursor, Mar 18, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

FindInserts Retrieves All Openings in All Wall Types - convert square feet to square meters, calculate wall area minus openings, temporarily delete all rolled back openings in transaction, determine total area of all openings in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

NVIDIA GTC 2015, Pt 1: Speeding Up Deep Learning with the GPU - CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about GeForce TITAN X GPU, DIGITS DevBox, PASCAL GPUs, Drive PX developer kit, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Mar 19, 2015 (more NVIDIA articles, graphics cards articles)

NVIDIA Delivers Statement of Intent for GPU Rendering - highly scaleable, 'push-button' renderer, Iray will be made available for much wider range of 3D tools, NVIDIA launched new CAD-focused Quadro K1200 card, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 19, 2015 (more NVIDIA articles, graphics cards articles)

Changing EPDM License Type - open SOLIDWORKS EPDM installation wizard to select PDM editor, contributor or viewer, restart workstation once new license type is selected, Andrew Lidstone, Javelin Technologies, Mar 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Top Methods for Achieving Compliance Through Quality Inspection - create ballooned drawing before generating First Article Inspection Report (FAIR) package, copy dimensional characteristic to Excel form, calculate lower/upper limit of each dimension before validating produced parts in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Mar 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Select All the Entities - select filter surface bodies, apply knit surface feature to combine numerous surfaces into single surface body, employ 'try to form solid' option if surface is fully enclosed to create solid body in SOLIDWORKS, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Mar 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - DimXpert - tool to add manufacturing dimensions in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Mar 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Creating Custom Property from Sketch Length - employ length of sketch that allows generating notes, BOMs in SOLIDWORKS, Dane Potter, YouTube, Mar 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Best 3D Printers 2015 - Printrbot Simple Metal, Ultimaker 2, Formlabs Form 1+, Stratasys Mojo, Cubify Cube 3, Lulzbot Mini, Robo 3D R2 Mini, Richard Baguley, Tom's Guide, Mar 6, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Simplify Mold Machining - use true 5-axis simultaneous machining for molds, inserts, improve surface finish quality, fewer number of necessary tools, diminish cycle times, reduce operations, Anthony Calderone, MoldMaking Technology, Mar 1, 2015 (more CAM articles)

Docking a WPF Window Inside AutoCAD, Pt 2 - apply right-click movement of global keywords dialog to set custom location for dialog without using KWSDOCK command, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Mar 17, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 4: Get the Lay of the Land - improved Multiple Document Interface (MDI) that allows users to work on several drawings within one AutoCAD session, file tabs to navigate between open drawings, enhanced plot, publish icons, DVIEW command, viewing tools, Patrick Hughes, CAD Speed, Mar 3, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 5: Can't Turn Back Now - associative dimensions are improved in AutoCAD 2015, updated MLeader offers better appearances while saving time, apply command preview to provide visual feedback to certain editing operations, Patrick Hughes, CAD Speed, Mar 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 - Project Task List - actively select task to suspend changes that result on another drawing(s) due to changes in one drawing, enable project manager to allow AutoCAD Electrical register changes required to each attribute of connecting blocks, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Mar 18, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Reloading Linetype from File - load linetype in another database, clone linetype back to host database to replace it in AutoCAD, Virupaksha Aithal, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 18, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Optimize Large 3ds Max Scenes - import large non-native file, export file as OBJ, make sure option to optimize vertex, normals, texture-coord is checked, export file before importing OBJ back into file, Andy Roe, Micro Concepts Blog, Mar 18, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorialsInventor tutorials)

Crest and Sag Profile Labels - create label style, separate low or high point values into their own text component, generate expressions for both high, low point conditions before assembling label style in Civil 3D, Kevin Breslin, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Mar 17, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Truncated Elevations - start expression by moving elevation decimal two places to left, truncate elevation, multiple it by 100, subtract this elevation from original elevation in Civil 3D, Kevin Breslin, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Mar 17, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Trial, Error, Success - creating fully customizable, parametric valve family in Revit, Kyle Schicker, AUGI Library, Mar 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Be Careful Creating a Central File in 2015 - close central file, create local path, apply synchronize with central, browse to select central file via shared resource path in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Mar 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Changing the Workset of Pipe Insulation in Revit - create pipe schedule, select pipes with 'highlight in model,' group them, change workset of group before ungrouping massive group in Revit, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Mar 18, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

FEA Simulation: How to Use Shell Element Results to Improve Design - accuracy, limitations of plotted stresses, calculating local hot spot stresses needed for fatigue analysis, using plotted stresses in bolted or welded region, Peter Barrett, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 17, 2015 (more FEA articles)

Easily Simulate a Stirred Reactor to Ensure Even Solids Distribution - importance of simulating stirred mixers, simple modeling & pre/post processing for stirred reactors, turbulent dispersion forces effect of modeling cloud height in ANSYS, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 18, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Your Introduction to the COMSOL Server License - COMSOL Server can be used to access simulation apps on computer, other devices, running COMSOL Server in web browser, COMSOL client, Caty Fairclough, COMSOL Blog, Mar 17, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Design with Confidence Using SOLIDWORKS Electrical Design Rule Checks - visit design rule manager to add desired design rule configuration to project, check right-click menu to access component's properties, review manufacturer's part, circuit definition if component violates rule, Andy Beaupre, CAPUniversity, Mar 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Configuring Part Numbers for Paint and Materials - create part, add configurations, include derived configurations to each material configuration, set properties of derived configurations before auto-creating design table in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Mar 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Flow Simulation Tech Tip: Geometry Check Tool - The Key to Flow Happiness - employ flow simulation tool to determine fluid in model, bad geometric relations, gaps in model, David Roccaforte, Fisher/Unitech, Mar 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Pin Connector - connects solid or shell body to another body, implement with retaining ring, with key options by freeing some DOFs between rigid bars, calculate pin force if pin is very stiff, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Mar 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Installation Repair - open control panel to select SOLIDWORKS version to be repaired, click repair individual installation on 'welcome to SOLIDWORKS installation manager' screen, pick product to repair, clear other products on screen, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Mar 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Toolbox Application - process to access customize hardware page, configure particular type or component, display component in SOLIDWORKS, Jon Weston-Stanley, Solid Solutions, Mar 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SITEOPS: Engineering Software for the 21st Century - cloud-based app consists of 4 modules: layout, grading & piping, topo import, swept path analysis, available for $8,500 per year, Rande Robinson, CADdigest.com, Mar 18, 2015 (more civil engineering articles)

How to Add a Textured Logo in KeyShot - apply logo as color texture to offset surface created in original part, add same logo as bump map, add logo as opacity map, KeyShot, Mar 16, 2015 (more KeyShot articles)

A Look at Vectorworks 2015 - ability to set text style by class, rectangle wall mode, users can import 3DS, SKI files for photorealistic renderings, available for $3,500, CADspeed, Mar 15, 2015 (more Vectorworks articles)

Q&A: Which is Better? - look for CAD tool that can connect preliminary designs into detailed design process, consider staffing, partners, do bakeoffs, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Mar 17, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

ESI Reports Strong Close to 2014, Ends with Growth - total revenue was up 8%, license revenue in Q4 was up 7% y/y, revenue from Americas was down 9% due to shift in focus of services business, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Mar 17, 2015 (more CFD articles)

The Revision Tool - creating changes in ArchiCAD project by: change manager or change tool, ArchiCAD SADC, Mar 17, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

What, No Files? How Will That Work? - Onshape API allows both desktop, cloud applications to access Onshape model data directly, Matthew Loew, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 16, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

PLM Scripting Hello World - create script code for PLM 360, configure script into workspace W, run script, Michal Liu, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Mar 13, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Beyond the Basics: Everything You Need to Know About AutoCAD's Line Command - apply right click UNDO, commandline U to undo steps while drawing, right click close or commandline C to close sequence that connects last with first point, draw lines with 3D coordinates, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

AccoreConsole and Object Enabler - code to register object enabler for AsdkPoly custom entity from ObjectARX SDK in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 17, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, P 2: Getting Started in AutoCAD 2015 - downloading AutoCAD 2015, getting acquainted with default dark background, turning on/off drafting settings, Patrick Hughes, CAD Speed, Feb 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

A CAD Dinosaur's Journey, Pt 3: Installing AutoCAD 2015 - adjusting dark schema interface, background, flexible ribbon interface allows customizations based on user's requirements, Patrick Hughes, CAD Speed, Feb 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Create a Substitute Level of Detail in Autodesk Inventor - open assembly, right click on level of detail under representations, select new substitute, derive assembly, save substitute part before picking parts to be included in substitute from derive assembly dialog, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Mar 15, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Display Autodesk Inventor Dimensions as an Expression - open part with dimensioned sketch, activate sketch, visit units tab from document settings, apply 'display as expression' in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Mar 15, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Create Chamfer Feature in Assembly Document - input proxy geometries to apply chamfer feature, convert objects of parts to proxy objects, else manipulate part definition directly before saving part document in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Mar 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Shortcut to Transfer Your Material - open floor properties to select material, highlight text in material field, copy material, select material parameter to assign material without getting into material browser in Inventor, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Mar 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Calculating Gross and Net Wall Areas - apply parameter filter to improve performance when handling large model where majority of family instances are not hosted by wall of interest in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Tip: Schedule Technique for Quicker Sheet Creation - apply sheet lists to create placeholder sheets in Revit, YouTube, Mar 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Private State - SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2015 has new permission that allows all users to see files that have never been checked in, Justin Webster, InFlow Technology, Mar 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Cooking with Pi in SOLIDWORKS - design simple cylinder for roller, insert reference plane that is tangent to surface of cylinder, parallel to right plane, edit dimension before using new segment tool to divide bottom of rectangle into equal parts, David Brown, Mar 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What's New: SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2015 - first article inspection, in-process inspection software allows automating creation of ballooned inspection drawings, reports in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Mar 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using the Ctrl Key to Speed Up SOLIDWORKS Modeling - press ctrl key along with other keys in keyboard to influence several commands in SOLIDWORKS, Jay Pierson, YouTube, Mar 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Carl Bass + Jon Hirschtick = CAD in the Cloud Interview of the Year - Q&A about how cloud going to change way users think about CAD, changing demographics of market, use of CAD tools on mobile devices, change in strategy due to focus on cloud, initiatives to offer new CAD tools to students, SolidSmack, Mar 16, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, Onshape articles, CAD development articles, cloud articles)

A Data Management Wake-Up Call for All CAD Managers - understand risk of not having solid data management plan for CAD files, be sure to test with absolute largest data sets on cloud data server topologies, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Mar 11, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

Fujitsu Celsius C740 - Preview - 1U rack mount machine offers broader processor support, improved memory capacity, support for NVIDIA Quadro K5200, AMD FirePro GPUs, motherboard now has support for SATA DOM, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 16, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

3DQPress V6 What's New - Strip Layout Components - strip components can be used to represent patterned features along progressing direction with spacing equal to progression pitch in SOLIDWORKS, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

5 Attitudes That Can Kill PLM Projects - companies don't feel need of PLM, it's only for big companies, can do it as side project, it's for engineers only, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Mar 16, 2015 (more PLM articles)

Bloom Isn't Your Average 3D-Printed Structure - bricks were 3D printed using iron oxide-free Portland cement, John Newman, Rapid Ready, Mar 16, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Real Life Perspective: Transitioning from AutoCAD to Revit - Revit adoption challenges, advantage of using Revit Structure over AutoCAD, tips to make transition, Michael Hopple, AUGI Library, Mar 13, 2015 (more Revit articles, AEC articles)

Real 2015 Explores the Intersection of Reality and Computers - event focused on capture, compute, create activities, vendor showcased their products: RealSense tablet, Sequoia, Autodesk Memento, Recap, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Mar 16, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles, CAD show articles)

ACA: Column Labels - control ordering of labels when initially creating or editing enhanced custom column grid in AutoCAD Architecture, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Mar 15, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

How to Add Tolerance in AutoCAD Dimensions - execute DIMSTYLE command, create 3 dimension styles: LINEAR, ANGULAR, RADIAL, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Mar 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Use Fields to Automatically Calculate Acres in AutoCAD - locate or create closed object or polyline in drawing, place leader with mtext on object, use field to label area (in acres) of object, Sam Lucido, CADproTips, Mar 15, 2015 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

Docking a WPF Window Inside AutoCAD, Pt 1 - demo of KWSDOCK command to select one of 4 corners or custom location, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Mar 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Integrating AutoCAD with Oculus Rift DK2 - code snippet that renders view, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Detaching a Plant 3D Project from Autodesk Vault - 'detach from Vault' option is available in project manager under Vault, saves copy of Vault project in Vault user workspace at specified location, Brandon Anderson, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Mar 16, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

AutoCAD Tips from Cadalyst's Hot Tip Harry - Q&A with RK McSwain about taking over 'Hot Tip Harry' column in Cadalyst magazine, choosing tips to publish, most popular, worst tips, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, Mar 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Adding Revision Callout to Custom Content Center Library - select family table in CCL in Inventor, add revision callout column, fill in required data in column properties dialog box, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Mar 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Get Face's Parametric Center - VBA code to place WorkPoint at calculated center of currently selected face of PartDocument in AutoCAD, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Mar 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Create Chamfer Feature in Part Document - create ChamferFeature in Inventor defined by: specified distance, distance and at specified angle to input face, two distances, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Mar 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Be More Direct with Autodesk Inventor 2015's Direct Edit Feature - bring 3rd party files directly into assembly, Imran Bhutta, YouTube, Mar 17, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Controlling Revit Appearance: Lines - change line weight by changing it in object styles, change line color in object styles or override it in visibility/graphics settings, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Mar 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Element Selection Changed Event - checking for selection changes in idling event handler, using UI automation event to notify selection changes in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Challenges When Working with Thin Elements in Large Assemblies - when to model with thin vs 3D elements, connecting thin elements in ANSYS 16.0, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 13, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

Using Simulation to Optimize Biopharmaceutical Processes - modeling biopharmaceutical processes using COMSOL Multiphysics, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Mar 13, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

How to Catch Design Problems Quicker with Geometric DFX - combines in-house knowledge base with industry best practices, automatically recognizes areas of design needing special attention, CADspeed, Mar 13, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

Integration of BIM with Facility Systems to Support HVAC Troubleshooting - challenges in current practice of corrective maintenance, approach utilizes data schema to run three modules: work order contextualizer, applicable cause finder, refiner, Semiha Ergan & Xue Yang, AECbytes, Mar 12, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Create Stairs to Fit a Space - visit stairs dialog box, open stairs tool to create stairs with precision in ArchiCAD, YouTube, Feb 15, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

SketchUp Skill Builder: How to Install an Extension - visit window menu to open extension warehouse, enter extension name in search button or browse available extensions from top developers, sign in to manage extensions, YouTube, Mar 10, 2015 (more SketchUp tutorials)

REAL2015: Reality Capture Brings Enlightenment from the Cave to the Cloud - Autodesk showcased many of its reality capture products: Autodesk Recap, Project Memento, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Mar 13, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles, CAD show articles)

Using Autodesk Memento - gather collection of photos of physical object or export data from ReCap360 to open it with Memento, apply software to handle complex point clouds, convert them in to high quality 3D mesh, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Mar 9, 2015 (more Autodesk 123D Catch articles)

Imperial Dimension - Metric Drawing - visit dimension style manager to select dimensions, create new style, rename style, go to primary units section to change unit format, precision, change scale factor before saving style in AutoCAD, Adam Kimber, Mar 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Opening Options and Drafting Settings Dialog Boxes on a Specific Tab - invoke +OPTIONS or +DSETTINGS commands, enter number of corresponding tab when prompted for tab index in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Vault Ribbon Does Not Appear in AutoCAD - choose add or remove features options using Vault client installer, ensure if Vault Client version matches AutoCAD version, run CUILOAD, choose Vaac.cuix before uninstalling, reinstalling AutoCAD from normal setup, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Mar 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Network Pipe/Structure Data Fields - store information under Part.PartData property that contains list/array of PartDataField objects in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Mar 13, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Revit Architecture: Forming a Roof Dormer Using Slope Arrows - edit roof boundary, add section of roof boundary with no 'defines slope' parameter set, apply split tool to create boundary line, insert two slope arrows before using attach top/base tool to select roof, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Mar 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Follow Up - Importing DWG Files Using By Shared Coordinates - choose to disable shared positioning for file involved, not one that used to acquire coordinates originally in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Mar 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Planting Geometry: RPC and Solids - combine both RPC, solids into single planting family, create solid geometry from splines so that it is scaled correctly for both height, width in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Mar 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Units in Dynamo 0.8 - display unit settings, SIUnit nodes have been removed from settings menu, library, Length.FromValue nodes are no longer in library, Length.FromString node is renamed to 'number from feet and inches,' conversion node is added, Lilli Smith, Dynamo, Mar 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Printing Sucks: Five Problems with 3D Printing and How to Fix Them - output/quality, printing process is unreliable, workflow is old, users are aiming at wrong target, market is prematurely mature, Jeff Kowalski of Autodesk, CADdigest.com, Mar 12, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Testing the Advantages of Using Brass Inserts in 3D Printed Parts - brass threaded inserts are easier, cleaner to install than hand-tapping, contains unlimited assembly/disassembly, possess stronger resistance to torque but are costlier than tapped holes, requires more material/space around screw, Jason Matses, CAPUniversity, Mar 13, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Choosing the Right Hardware for Prototyping - effort required to produce working prototype, ability to create usable prototypes for testing, price factors are essential to determine hardware tools for prototyping, Kat Dornian, Product Design and Development, Mar 13, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Tech Tip: Component and Wire Marking in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - create title block with embedded row/column/sheet number tags, modify marking formulas for components, wires of active project, apply symbols, wires on sheet, Luke Luff, Fisher/Unitech, Mar 13, 2015  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Smart Components in SOLIDWORKS - click tools, make smart component, choose first component followed by other components, include features with smart component before visiting property manager to auto size components, SolidProfessor Blog, Mar 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Why the Server Administration Tab is Not Shown When Launching the SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager? - browse to SNL manager's installation folder, create new shortcut from swlmwiz.exe to avoid overwriting of client-side SNL manager shortcut over server-side shortcut in SOLIDWORKS, Saeed Mojarad, Javelin Technologies, Mar 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Onshape: The Day After a New Dawn for 3D CAD - Onshape leaves good first impression, beginning of new direction for design/engineering tools, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Mar 12, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

About Trademarks, Copyright and Protecting Against Legal Action - contact manufacturer, get permission in writing to design symbols with their product names, make symbols generic enough that firm cannot claim ownership, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Mar 11, 2015 (more CAD industry articles)

3D Printing 201: Injection Molding Revisited - mold design: preferences by 3DIM; mold printing: polyjet process only, print in gloss finish, 4 different types of post processing, Tyler Reid of GoEngineer, YouTube, Mar 10, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

High Feed Machining with Mastercam - optimizes feed rates for 2.5 axis and 3-axis mill toolpaths, Mike Steelman, Prism Engineering, Mar 5, 2015 (more Mastercam articles)

How to Make and Insert Block in AutoCAD - create, insert block in drawing, adding hyperlinks, changing scale of block, exploding block in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Mar 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Fusion Tips and Tricks - Lofting  - examples to understand different types of lofting, best practices of using lofting within Fusion, Michael Aubry, Design Differently, Feb 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Adding Support for Global Keywords at AutoCAD's Command-Line Using .NET, Pt 2 - track characters typed into command-line, press enter/space when termination character is encountered, match keyword with one in global list to prefix underscore directly in command line, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Mar 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Accessing AcGsView Associated with Viewport - obtain current viewport number, apply acgsGetCurrentAcGsView or acgsGetCurrent3dAcGsView to return newly created GS view in AutoCAD 2015, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Using AutoCAD MEP Object Enablers in AcCoreConsole - run accoreconsole.exe to load specific modules, open dwg with only one box, wall, duct in AutoCAD, Jeremy Tammik, AEC DevBlog, Mar 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Revit Architecture: Correcting the Cut Drafting Fill Patterns in Plan Views - visit materials browser, locate common, brick material, select cut pattern for material to open fill patterns dialog box, set orientation to 'align with element' in modify pattern properties dialog, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Mar 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Framing Cross Section Analyzer and REX in Revit 2015 - add references to normal Revit add-in project, load REX framework dynamically, check 2012, 2014 versions before migrating application to new version, employ GitHub tool to determine changes between them, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating High Impact Visualizations with Revit and Showcase - select showcase, realistic presentation to begin import process, pick settings option when realistic presentation dialog opens to import Revit model for creating animations, YouTube, Feb 27, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Enhanced Visual Styles in Revit 2015 - process of creating sketched, traditionally rendered look in 3D views before applying them as view template across multiple views, Travis Van Clieaf, YouTube, Mar 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Top 5 Do's and Don'ts for CFD - do use inflation layers, don't forget about reference pressure, do check global imbalances, use monitor points, watch how steady state model solves, SimuTech Group, Design Engineering, Mar 11, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Why Do FEA Engineers Use 1D, 2D, 3D Elements? - 1D elements allow to display bending directly, 2D elements are useful to investigate bending, results can be directly compared to those in design code, Cyprien Rusu, FEA for All, Mar 12, 2015 (more FEA articles)

Modeling Current Distributions in a Molten Salt Electro-Refiner - simulating current distribution in COMSOL Multiphysics, Alexandre Oury, COMSOL Blog, Mar 11, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015: Section View, Intersection Zones - apply intersection zone type section to save views, capture image, increase visibility, select entities in SOLIDWORKS, Paul Hagenow, CAPUniversity, Mar 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Model Visualization, Pt 2: Perspective - turn on perspective through heads up display, locate left, right vanishing point, nadir to confirm use of 3-point perspective, locate horizon line before attempting to modify perspective, Greg Dawes, Fisher/Unitech, Mar 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What File Types Does SOLIDWORKS Use? - 2D image file formats, formats with lower accuracy that are used for visualization only, 3D printing, rapid prototyping formats, Unigraphics, SAT/ACIS, Solid Edge, Pro/E, Rhino 3dm as basic 3D modeling standards, Mark Cason, CADtek Blog, Mar 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Selecting Base Scale for Exporting SOLIDWORKS Drawings to DXF/DWG - click on pull-down menu of base scale to list scale factors found in sheet format, select 'warn me if enabled' export option to set warning when different scales are found in drawing, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Mar 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Contour Selection and Feature Scope - apply feature scope to allow user select bodies that are affected by particular feature in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Mar 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Q&A with Chris Yessios, CEO of AutoDesSys - first release of formZ, meaning of it, sales in US vs overseas, formZ's suitability for architect's workflow, generating 2D drawings from 3D models, future plans, details of software lineup, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, March 12, 2015 (more formZ articles)

Review: Lenovo ThinkStation P900 - Haswell-E Xeon E5- 2600 v3 series processors, 112 GB of 2033-MHz DDR4 memory, simple, quick-to-service, robust tool-less modular design, tri-channel cooling technology, priced at $18,156, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Mar 10, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Comparing Fujitsu CELSIUS M740 and R940 Workstations: Which is the Right Choice for You? - choose CELSIUS M740 if primary tasks are modeling, 3D design, CAD, interactive visualization; choose CELSIUS R940 for primary tasks like simulation, analysis, (off-line) rendering, CADplace, Mar 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

Is 3D Printing A Part of Your Regular Design Workflow? It Should Be - 3D printing is getting popular in direct manufacturing applications, affordable 3D printing platforms help create production-grade products for smaller companies, Beth Stackpole, PTC Creo Blog, Mar 9, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3 Quick HSMWorks Tips, Pt 5 - Lars Christensen, YouTube, Mar 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, CAM articles)

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Pt 5: Attribute Names and the Tyranny of Alphabetical Order -  titles of each group are dummy Layers, there should never be any elements on these layers, '|' after group number makes reading layer name much easier, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Mar 9, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

VDC: Reality Capture of a Sports Centre by UAS (Drone) - result is accurate 3D model/pointcloud, useful for graphical reference, accurate measurements and/or location of problems like humidity damages, YouTube, Mar 8, 2015 (more AEC articles)

SketchUp Skill Builder: Tip for Editing Components - go to view menu, component view to hide rest of model or similar components that may come in way while editing components, YouTube, Feb 16, 2015 (more SketchUp tutorials)

SketchUp Skill Builder: Applying Materials to Components - select default material inside grouper component to paint them with different color, YouTube, Feb 23, 2015 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Manage Project Data and Collaborate with A360, Pt 2 - click on data on left side of A360 to access data within current project, create folders to better organize designs, tap renderings icon to view automatic cloud renderings created within A360, Taylor Stein, Design Differently, Mar 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

How to Explode Text to Outlines in LT - setup text style, apply property painter to depict new info to existing text, create line in drawing to be used for referencing later, invoke WMFOUT, WMFIN, SCALE, BOUNDARY commands in AutoCAD LT, LT is Still AutoCAD, Mar 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD LT tutorials)

Lab2: View and Data API Intro - design workflow, create bucket request, response, upload file request, response before registering file to make it ready for viewing, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Mar 5, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Lab3: View and Data API Web Intro - insert view, data web services REST calls under ViewData folder, copy folder to web application, employ Web Form to select project in Microsoft Visual Studio before saving, retrieving authToken for session, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Mar 10, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Create True As-Built Models from Points Collected in the Field - create pipes, walls, model lines in Revit using numbered sequence of points, select item with single point before placing them once as-built model appears, Lee Mullin, Beyond Design, Mar 10, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articlesRevit articles)

Lock It Down - select Plant 3D drawing file, open file properties to make file read-only that prevents access to users attempting to open project settings, Martin Stewart, In the Pipes, Mar 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Revit Architecture: Aligning Model Fill Patterns - select align tool, pick reference that is being aligned, reference to be moved, apply align tool again on bed course to obtain perfectly aligned brick pattern in Revit, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Mar 11, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Cloud Rendering in Autodesk Revit 2015 - tips to set up render, post processing procedures that can be explored after completing rendering, Travis Van Clieaf, YouTube, Mar 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Dynamo to Manipulate Building Data in BIM, Pt 1: Shared Elevation - employ existing parameter to add value to number, extract geometries, find vertices, respective z-coordinates of objects without parameter, Havard Vasshaug, Mar 9, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Dynamo to Manipulate Building Data in BIM, Pt 2: Selection - tips to create selection sets, isolate Revit families in view based on levels, Havard Vasshaug, Mar 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Linking CAD Files with Large Extents - always link CAD files origin to origin in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Mar 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

The Use of Colors in Solid Modeling - visit color manager to assign textures/colors for varied features, apply random part color, rendering/color by material, color by process, color by author methods to work with colors in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Mar 10, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Solid Edge Equation Curve, Pt 3 - create new list of doubles to store x, y values of points that is to be generated as curves, assign DrawEquationCurve function to store active sketch in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Mar 8, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Get Zooming with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - clone original project, resize computational domain, insert transferred boundary conditions before specifying type of condition to perform zooming technique, Joe Galliera, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Mar 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Adding Non-Visible Items to Your BOM - insert virtual component, select assembly's starting planes to store information about paint in custom properties of virtual part, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Mar 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Ballooning a SOLIDWORKS Drawing - tips to balloon individual dimensions, notes to generate first article inspection drawing in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Mar 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - New in 2015: P&ID - steps to develop P&ID drawings to create both 2D/3D models of piping, tubing systems with pumps, valves, YouTube, Mar 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Lenovo P900: Straddling the Worlds of Desktop and High-Performance Computing - well-conceived workstation, has Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 processor, NVIDIA Quadro K5200 graphics, offers great performance at price of $13,800, Francis Sebastian, CADdigest.com, March 11, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Ports and Lumped Ports for Wave Electromagnetics Problems - simplifying modeling with boundary conditions, discussing lumped port, port boundary conditions in COMSOL Multiphysics, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Mar 9, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Fusion 360 Modeling Best Practices - resolve errors, warnings, solve unexpected model errors, activate component before making modifications, set timeline order of operation, employ select filters to choose components vs bodies, faces, Design Differently, Feb 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Adding Support for Global Keywords at AutoCAD's Command-Line Using .NET, Pt 1 - launch global command via command-line to create command line helper tool in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Mar 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD Plant 3D 2015 - Pipe Spec Driven P&IDs - define non-specific process data in P&ID before outlining physical, mechanical data in corresponding 3D model, apply PlantSpecDriven functionality to enhance workflow, functionality in AutoCAD Plant 3D, P&ID, Andy Davis, CADline, Mar 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Adding Field to Text Programmatically - apply AcFdMakeFieldCode API to format object property field code, acdbEvaluateFields API to evaluate object fields in AutoCAD database, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Doing More with Your Title Block iLogic Form, Pt 2 - create custom iProperties, form drawing parameters, add rules, edit title block definition before building form in Inventor, Dave Breiner, Synergis, Mar 10, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copying Autodesk Inventor Settings Between Systems - open applications settings after configuring settings to preference, select export, save file, note before opening file saved in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Mar 6, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Create Revision Table - add new table, include rows, columns of file property, custom column, date property in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Mar 9, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture: Showing Overhead Lines on Your Plans - showing outline of overhanging pitched roof in ground floor plan using linework tool, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Mar 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

List and Switch Design Options Using UI Automation - start DesignOptionModifier program, implement buttons to retrieve design options, set current design option to selected list entry in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Angle Values in Dynamo - calculate cos values, convert degrees to radians before creating regular star shaped PolyCurve in Dynamo, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Mar 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Get Asset Properties of Material I Want? - insert all AssetProperty in list, order them by name to make comparison easier, call GetAllConnectedProperties() to iterate sub-properties if AssetProperty is AssetPropertyReference, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Mar 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Onshape = SOLIDWORKS + Google Docs - best feature is that it's free, demo shows fast response, unified data system and container files, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Mar 10, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape in Action: A Quick 14-Minute Overview of Parametric 3D CAD in the Cloud – new software requires slight learning curve, most users with previous experience in other parametric tools should have easy time, Adam O’Hern, SolidSmack, Mar 10, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape's Roll of the Dice - Initial Review - need to perform within support network for product, doesn't support parametric sketching, good user experience when creating work planes, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Mar 10, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape Beta Goes Live - follows SaaS approach for pricing, simultaneous-editing interface helps create branch designs, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape's Here: Finally, We Can Talk About It - can import, export common CAD formats, collaboration comes naturally, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Tip - Measurements - employ length, diameter commands to add measurements for length of edges, check box to import curves, apply thickness measurement, length, chain & fan dimensions tool to measure SOLIDWORKS drawings, Kirkwood Hines, HRS Blog, Mar 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

User Interface Enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2015 - ability to access customization menu of toolbar, switch between configurations, view diameter of cylinder in status bar, open drawing from part or assembly, Sam Salloum, Design Point Solutions, Mar 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Property Tab Builder - employ property to create custom interface for parts, assemblies, weldments, drawings, set attributes for elements in templates based on user inputs in SOLIDWORKS, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, Mar 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Check Sketch for Feature Usage - ensure that there is only one sketch on display, open sketch tools list to find check sketch command, click check to allow SOLIDWORKS identify error in sketch, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Mar 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Dassault Systemes PLM Vision 2015+ - discussing strategy in 4 aspects: product experiences, 3DEXPERIENCE as business platform, industry focus, technology, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Mar 9, 2015 (more Dassault articles, PLM articles)

New Expectations Drive Development of PDM Collaboration Features - product data management software is evolving with incorporation of on-demand cloud, analytics, mobile, social elements, Randall Newton, Cadalyst, Mar 5, 2015 (more PDM articles)

Pen Sets, Pt 8: Thoughts on Naming - parts of pen set names in ArchiCAD: numbers, fills, hatch, lines, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Mar 5, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

How to Recycle Your Stratasys 3D Printer Material Canisters and Cartridges - recycle used FDM canisters, PolyJet cartridges for free in North America, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 6, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

CAMWorks - Tapered Pockets, Pt 2: Using a Tapered Endmill - define 2.5-axis tapered pocket using tapered endmill, YouTube, Mar 4, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

Hardware Review: Logitech K480 Triple-Bluetooth Keyboard - heavy in weight, closed ends limit size of tablet it can carry, on/off switch is underneath keyboard, uses 2 AAA-size batteries, instead of AA batteries, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Mar 8, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

Mirror Text in AutoCAD - invoke MIRRTEXT command, type 1 as new value to form mirror image of text in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Mar 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Tip - Give the Ribbon a Second Chance - advantages of moving to ribbon, tips to easily apply transitions in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Mar 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Draw Spiral in AutoCAD LT? - calculate coordinates of requested curve, paste resulting point list in AutoCAD's PLINE command, generate logarithmic spiral curve, apply PEDIT command, spline option to smoothen spiral, CADforum, Mar 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Edit Isometric Bill of Material (BOM) Text Format in Plant 3D - open project setup, expand isometric DWG settings to select 'title block and display,' press setup title block to open iso.dwt file, visit cell locking option to unlock cells, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Mar 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Recording a Scene Animation to Convert to a Viewpoint Animation in Navisworks - open animator to set scene animation, visit animation button to click on record button, press play in animator before saving animation in saved viewports, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Mar 6, 2015 (more Navisworks articles)

Using Copy Properties to Quickly Update Dimensions in Autodesk Inventor - apply properties of source dimension, paste properties from one dimension to others, choose settings while copy properties is active before selecting target dimension, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Mar 7, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Get Reference Key of Any Object in C++ - check rxinventor.tli file that compiler creates when project is referencing Inventor type library, apply SAFEARRAY or CComSafeArray functions to obtain reference key of face, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Mar 6, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copying Views Between Revit Projects - employ copy & paste, insert from file command to copy one project to another, select view crop boundary to copy plan/section, apply copy to clipboard icon before pasting from clipboard, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Mar 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Controlling Revit Appearance: Object Styles - select object styles option to control appearance of model, annotation, analytical model, imported objects, visit object categories to adjust line weight, line color, pattern, material, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Mar 9, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Family Basics: The Bookcase Example - tips to build shelf family, bookcase shell, add bottom bookcase shelf, create swappable shelf, control thickness of bookshelf in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Mar 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Thin Lines Add-in Using UI Automation - enable thin line by setting its value to 1, check Revit API thin line options to determine if setting is on/off, UI automation to identify current state of thin lines button in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 9, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Onshape Released. Parametric 3D CAD in the Browser is Here - do CAD on any device, even a Chromebook, it’s free, best collaborative features, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

What You Need to Know About Onshape - leadership team, key differentiators, what it can do and what it cannot, latency, competing products, pricing, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Mar 10, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape: The True Cloud CAD, Can the New CAD Undermine the Positions of Its Predecessors? - cloud/browser/mobile application, versioning &collaboration, standard MCAD functionality, more, Nikolay Snytnikov, isicad.com, Mar 10, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Ten Things You Need to Know About Onshape - free, history-based/parametric, pure cloud, Parasolid-base, more, Ralph Grabowski, UpFronteZine, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape Technology and Pricing Demolish CAD Accessibility Barriers - free and $100/month pricing is disruptive, Bruce Jenkins, Monday, Ora Research, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Redefining CAD for a New Generation; Onshape Debuts - team of veterans from SOLIDWORKS, CAD, high tech pioneers think CAD community will accept workflows based in cloud, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape Beta Goes Live - Start Your Engines - comprises of 2 key areas: 3D design/engineering, data management, basic solid, surface modeling tools, works with live connection, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape Comes Out Swinging, Changes MCAD Pricing Forever - full Parasolid-based parametric MCAD, unhindered import/export, 5GB of storage for free, paid version is available for $1200/yr all-inclusive, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape: Cloud-Based CAD Opens to Public Beta - intuitive, browser-based 3D CAD system, handles data management, offers easier collaboration, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

PLM Thoughts After Onshape Public Beta - PLM systems will be exposed to level of new integration challenges, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape A New Way to CAD - full-cloud 3D CAD system offers 2 pricing levels: free, $100/month/user; al Onshape users are always on latest version everywhere, Jeff Mirisola, Jeff's Tool Shed, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Onshape – The Future of CAD, Matthew Loew, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 8, 2015 (more Onshape articles)

Making of Solid Edge Equation Curve, Pt 1 - start VB.Net forms application, add reference to Solid Edge framework, FrameworkSupport, constants, part, draft libraries before including import statements at top of code window, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Mar 6, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Solid Edge Equation Curve, Pt 2 - declare variables for Solid Edge application, part, draft documents, units of measurement, sheet from inside form class, press draw curve button to calculate values of y for each value of x, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Mar 7, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

How I Set the Curve: Using Stress-Strain Data in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - define stress-strain curve, ensure if units match material data before filling in table, insert correct range of values in table, compute engineering, true strain to obtain realistic stress, displacement, strain results, Damon Tordini, HRS Blog, Mar 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Complex Shape? Use Simple Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS - design sketch representing shape of box, form surface extrude, create twisted surface, apply 'twist along path' with desired number of turns before creating 3D sketch of path, Nick Beattie, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Mar 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - 2 Resistor Component - set 2 identical parallelipipedic solid bodies, one on top of other to form model, ensure if dimension in engineering database matches dimension of solid bodies before adjusting mesh density, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Mar 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Lenovo ThinkStation P500 - easily accessible, thermal/acoustic design, good balance of price, performance, no tool-less PSU, no thunderbolt option, no FirePro GPU option, price starts at $1550, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Mar 5, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

How Carl Bass is Crafting Autodesk's Push for Makers Like You - launched SketchBook Mobile for iOS, opened 2-story workshop for makers in San Francisco, acquired Instructables, Dara Kerr, cnet.com, Feb 26, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Behind the Scenes: How We Test Fusion? - develop modular tests that cascade from unit level components to workflows used to achieve objectives, Sanjay Jayabal, Design Differently, Mar 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

A360 - Online Viewer for 'Any' 2D/3D CAD File Format - drag-drop CAD file to interactively view contents, share resulting viewable model through e-mail or discuss model online, Vladimir Michl, CAD Studio Blog, Feb 27, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

PublisherLT: Export a Layout to Model Space - run PublisherLT, connect to project, click on 'change output directory' to specify location for generating files, tap load manager, select AutoCAD drawings before converting layouts to model space, Denis Morais, Waveform, Mar 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Formatting Stations with .NET Extension - define model class containing utility functions, apply extension attribute to set distance between stations in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Mar 6, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Shaping Primitives in 3ds Max - apply rust wall texture to box wall, extrude edges, clear smoothing groups, create breaks in block, remove center edge before repairing gap, Andrew Suryadi, 3D Total, Mar 6, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

3 Ways to Create Reference Geometry During an Inventor Sketch - apply project geometry command to select desired edges, area in sketch to project edges/points, autoproject edges for sketch creation, else automatically create reference geometry by passing cursor over existing edges/points, John Hackney, Design Engineering, Mar 5, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Quick Inventor Tip : Clean Screen & View Cube - visit view option, click on clean screen button to clean Inventor screen, open right-click options menu to change display, orientation of view cube, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Mar 5, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Frame Generator - Create Custom Notch Profile for Standard I-Beam - create copy of structural member family using content center (CC) editor, open member directly from CC, draw desired cut shape profile in Inventor, Saso Prijatelj, Inventor's Corner, Mar 6, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture: Title on Sheet Parameter - type value in against 'title on sheet' parameter, value will form view name, superseding view name used in project browser, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Mar 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015: Party Wall Clean Up - visit edit properties to edit structure, change function priority settings to blend respective layers together at wall, John Flanagan, CADline, Mar 6, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Automatically Open a Project on Startup - apply ApplicationInitialized event to load file on startup, set OnStartup method to build system to open project document later on in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Mar 6, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Jon Hirschtick Opens Up About Onshape, Why it was Created, What it Does, What it Won't - interview with founder, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Mar 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles, CAD development articles, cloud articles)

What Does 'Onshape' Mean? - user gets form, geometry of design just right, Jon Hirschtick, Onshape, Mar 2, 2015 (more Onshape articles, CAD development articles, cloud articles)

5 Take-Aways from SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Gian Paulo Bassi new SOLIDWORKS CEO, showcased innovative products like MYO armband, SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer platform, emphasized on engineering matters, extended support to future engineers, Michelle Boucher, Tech-Clarity, Mar 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Configuring SOLIDWORKS for New Templates - open system options-file locations tab to view folder locations, set location of sheet format when opening template to avoid preview error in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Mar 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

BOM Part Numbers - click properties in file menu, select custom tab, tap on first row under property name to pick predefined value from list or type in SOLIDWORKS, Dave Murray, CADimensions Blog, Mar 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Costing with Custom Stock Bodies - change stock body to custom, set configuration or reference part for stock body, select cost information of stock body based on existing costing analysis of stock part, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Mar 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Chain Component Pattern Tips, Pt 3 - avoid extra mates, mates between ends of pattern, slowly drag chain, allow motion in correct direction, apply sketch path length constraint to adjust path in SOLIDWORKS, Todd Domke, HRS Blog, Mar 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Adding Custom Properties to Projects  - ways to present custom properties in Excel exports, Tandy Banks, YouTube, Mar 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Manually Repairing Microsoft .NET Framework - tips to diagnose, remove, reinstall Microsoft .NET Frameworks in Windows 7 environment, Mina Bassalious, YouTube, Mar 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Hirschtick Ready to Gamble Again - technical, marketing challenges for Onshape, combination of 3D graphics being built into mobile, faster internet connections, better, cheaper cloud computing resources will support Onshape to function, Kaylie Duffy, Product Design & Development, Mar 5, 2015 (more Onshape articles, CAD development articles, cloud articles)

3D Printed Electronics Get Real - Optomec Aerosol Jet 3D printing system is capable of depositing materials freely on non-planar surfaces, can print with wide range of commercial, custom formulations, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Taking the IoT's Electromagnetic Pulse - move to integrate wireless transmission, circuitry, sensors into everyday household items, consumer goods is expected to increase demand for EMC simulation, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2015 (more engineering articles, cloud articles)

Tips and Tricks for Modeling Induction Furnaces - principles behind induction heating, modeling with COMSOL Multiphysics, considering electromagnetic, thermal problems, numerical aspects, Vincent Bruyere, COMSOL Blog, Mar 4, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

CAMWorks - Tapered Pockets, Pt 1: Using Autodetect/Taper Angle - defining 2.5 axis tapered pocket using 'autodetect' feature or by manually specifying taper angle, YouTube, Mar 3, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

Ahead in the Cloud - cloud-based apps: ConjectPC captures, collates, analyzes data; ConjectMI runs on iPad or Windows tablets, enabling on-site teams to visually inspect work carried out, report on it in real time, CAD User, Jan 2015 (more AEC articles, cloud articles)

The Advantages of Prefabrication for AEC - reduced labor costs, improved safety, minimized delays, improved quality of finished project, Patrick Mays, 3D Perspectives, Mar 2015 (more AEC articles)

A Good Clean Purge - set layer state, determine name of layer state that allows restoring layer properties before purging nested items in AutoCAD, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Mar 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD LT Doesn't Have a Profile, or Does It? - make changes in AutoCAD LT options dialog, visit Regedit to export unnamed profile while trying to share registry/profile, open registry editor to export registry key, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Mar 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Creating a Tool Palette for Piping Assemblies - open wblock dialog box to select object that make up assembly, determine base point, destination, insert wblock assembly in non-project drawing before adding new 3D piping tool palette in Plant 3D, Dan Scales, In the Pipes, Mar 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

When Plotting from AutoCAD, the OLE Becomes Fuzzy and Pixelated - set plot quality for OLE to monochrome, adjust image compression to graphics, image resolution to 300 dpi in AutoCAD save as dialog, Kevin Walker, Micro Concepts Blog, Mar 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plotting tutorials)

Factory Design Suite Tips & Tricks: AutoCAD Connectors - log in to subscription center to access, install feature pack updates, employ asset update tool to run updates, apply connectors to place assets once asset update process has completed in AutoCAD, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Mar 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Navisworks for Detailers - avoids clashes, speeds up coordination process, apply align to surface or align to view options to cut elevation view along route, lock measurements, reset transforms once perfect path is found, Mark Hunter, AUGI Library, Mar 4, 2015 (more Navisworks articles)

Revit and Strange Civil 3D Behavior - explode Civil 3D data if there is limited data to explode, create 2 instances of DWG file to keep Civil 3D data intact, realign splitted link by removing it entirely, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Mar 4, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Revit Tip: Multi-Layer Graphical Overrides - apply override graphics in view by category, element to set surface pattern for non-reinforced, reinforced walls, open material browser to create new material, click on reinforced walls to apply material, Darin Green, Synergis, Mar 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit MEP 2015 - Create System Types - create custom system type for pipe, select duplicate, set name for new system type before editing type properties, James Philip, CADline, Mar 5, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Copy Elements from a Linked File - apply tab key to select elements, apply control key along with tab key to pick multiple elements, visit modify tab ribbon to copy to clipboard in Revit, Jarod Schultz, Mar 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Useful Revit Extensions - free extensions: COINS auto-section box, workshared file notification, align, RQuick select, file version check and upgrade warning, Jon McCoy, MasterGraphics, Mar 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Eliminate 2D Drawings with SOLIDWORKS MBD, Pt 4 - activate dynamic annotation views button to view annotation views relevant to current model orientation, click 'publish eDrawings file' in either SOLIDWORKS MBD toolbar or 3D views pane to publish model to eDrawings, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Use SOLIDWORKS to Rearrange Your Dorm - create 3D model of furniture, measure, model floor plan of room, arrange furniture, assign assembly configurations to save arrangement, apply display states to obtain better view of room from various angles, Laura Weismantel, CAPUniversity, Mar 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - How to Create a SOLIDWORKS Swept Cut Feature - basic application, feature of swept cut feature in SOLIDWORKS, Paul Nishihira of GoEngineer, YouTube, Mar 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Footprint Symbol Dimensioning - discusses behavior of dynamic footprint symbols based on manufacturer part number dimension, John Lieber of GoEngineer, YouTube, Mar 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

An Engineer Dreams of a SOLIDWORKS-Proto Labs Merger - Proto Labs well on the way to  'push button manufacturing' from inside a CAD program, needs union of two companies to complete the dream of CAD to manufacture, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Mar 4, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Rise of 'Intelligent,' Connected Machines - more skilled, technically educated labor is needed to handle machines, improved automation keeps people out of hazardous working environments, mundane repetitive tasks, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

Prototyping - A Curious Process - prototypes are meant to be rough, ready, 3D printing should be focused on getting model quickly instead of fine resolution of model, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 4, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

DriveWorks Tech Tip: How to Make a Grayed-Out Transition Button - setup rule for availability of button, if rule solves as FALSE, then button is grayed out, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Mar 4, 2015 (more DriveWorks articles)

REAL 2015 Showcases Opportunities in Capture, Compute & Create - technology must be in service of project, business closed to new ideas should be ready to lose to agile innovators, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Mar 3, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles, CAD show articles)

Using the AutoCAD Filter Command - define object in object selection filter dialog, select 'add to list,' pick circle radius, color before creating selection set, adjust begin, end when setting filter choices in AutoCAD, Mark Lancaster, Synergis, Mar 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD: Using Fields to Display VP Scale - acquire viewport in layout to assign mtext field, create mtext object, description text like viewport scale, open field dialog before displaying annotation scale, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Mar 3, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Want to Remove All Intelligence from a DWG File? - select plotter manager to open folder, set plotter model, DXB file to set new printer for AutoCAD, open drawing to be converted before printing drawing, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Mar 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Fusion 360: Major New Functionality Since Our Last Look - adds parametric modeling features, defines designs by constraints, relationships, variables, imports non-native file formats, Fusion 360 Ultimate version comes with improved collaboration, fabrication, available for $300, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 2, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Autodesk Vault - Copy File Structure - open Windows Explorer folder to be copied, invoke XCOPY command while choosing T/E/I for copying directories not files, include empty folders, assume everything as directories, Chris Turner, CADline, Mar 4, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Showcase Model Orientation - navigate to 3D model properties of model, change original up-axis to orient model correctly, adjust display of Showcase model in Inventor, Andy Roe, Micro Concepts Blog, Mar 4, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, Inventor tutorials)

How to Move an Autodesk Deployment Image and Make It Work - visit Building Design Suite Ultimate to create deployment of AutoCAD Architecture 2015, move deployment to remote server before attempting to modify deployment, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Mar 3, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Revit 2015 - Exporting to AutoCAD DWG - select DWG from export CAD formats menu, select export setup, change load layer standards to British Standard BS1192 before changing export field, James Philip, CADline, Mar 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit MEP 2015 - Customize System Types - customize graphical overrides to control color, line weight, pattern for objects assigned, prioritize between phasing, filters while setting graphical overrides for system, enable performance mode to improve Revit performance, James Philip, CADline, Mar 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Get Line Style Names Only for Creating Detail Lines Rather than Getting All the Line Styles - create detail line before ensuring that view is 2D view in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Mar 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Tip - Turn off Coarse Filled Walls in Linked Revit Project - tips to manipulate walls so that they do not appear shaded in Revit, YouTube, Mar 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Eliminate 2D Drawings with SOLIDWORKS MBD, Pt 2 - turn on snap tool to snap selected entry to other template entities, add images to template using template editor, insert BOM table to access area for BOM table, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Eliminate 2D Drawings with SOLIDWORKS MBD, Pt 3 - select option located in bottom tab to capture 3D view, visit PropertyManager to set 3D view name, model configuration, display state, annotation views, apply model break view tool to add breaks to models, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Server and SolidNetwork License Manager Install  - tips to install EPDM server components, activate SolidNetwork license manager, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Feb 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Automation Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation API - simulate push, snap operation of latch mechanism, create specific outputs as per customer requirements, Ramesh Lakshmipathy, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Mar 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Frequency & Buckling: What's in Common? - when stiffness goes to zero at a particular load, fundamental natural frequency is also very close to zero, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Mar 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Lenovo ThinkStation P500 Workstation Review - mid-level workstation with power, stability, Intel Xeon E5-1607 v3 processor, 4GB DDR4 memory, 500GB hard drive, offers flexible, user-friendly customizing options, high performance, base price $1667, Jeffrey Heimgartner, CADdigest.com, Mar 4, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Workstation Review: MSI WS60 is Thin and Powerful - MSI WS60 mobile workstation has Intel Core i7-4710HQ CPU, 16GB of DDR3L 1600MHz memory, NVIDIA Quadro K2100M mobile GPU, delivers excellent performance in affordable, lightweight package, suffers from fan noise, quirky keyboard, base price $2300, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2015 (more laptop reviews)

Desktop Factory: What's Out There and What's Coming - brief overview of 3D printers: Form1+, ProJet 1200, XFAB, Ember, OtherMill, Carvey, ShopBot Desktop, Muncaster S6, Roland Arm10 3D printer, SRM20 CNC mill, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 3, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Pen Sets, Pt 7: It's Time to Break from Color - Thickness - ArchiCAD 17 has ability to assign colors to all building materials, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Mar 3, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Material Selection in G-Wizard Calculator - understanding material selection UI, families of materials in GW Feeds, Speeds Calculator, Bob Warfield, YouTube, Mar 2, 2015 (more CAM articles)

External References in ACA - turn on auto-hide feature or anchor palette when using external references palette, apply reload option to update xrefs, select host drawing to isolate objects in external references in AutoCAD Architecture, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Mar 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Reshaping Reality: Autodesk Updates Memento - Autodesk adds automation, intelligence, clean up tools to Memento, being offered as free Beta release for reality capture, processing, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Mar 2, 2015 (more Autodesk 123D Catch articles)

AutoCAD: What Happened to Snap it Now Only Works Inside Commands - invoke SNAP command, select yes to legacy option to set SNAP command properly, uncheck adaptive grid located in snap grid settings dialog box to turn off adaptive grid, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Mar 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Reset Pipe Tags - obtain PipeRunComponents, Fasteners, P3dConnector before setting unrelate, relate to force Plant 3D rebuild, restore its structure, Augusto Goncalves, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Lab1: Hello View and Data World - generate authenticate request for subsequent service calls, view response to view, data API web service requests in JSON format, set required parameters before executing request, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Mar 3, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Get Attributes of Source iFeature - locate source file to obtain attributes, add parameters to iFeature table in definition file, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Mar 3, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Tips and Tricks - A Complex Model in Autodesk Building Design Suite Ultimate - invoke split command to create various positions for truss sections, apply XEDGES command in AutoCAD to extract all wireframe edges, set output of model to ACIS before exploding geometry, Autodesk Revit Structure, Jan 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

RTC 2013 NA Competition Entry - More Revit Repeaters - design conical sculpture, place nodes of divided surface on adaptive star component, repeat adaptive star component to observe replication along spiral path, create banded effect to set background sky, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Feb 28, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Verification vs Validation in Relation to FEA - verification is typical checking process when developing FEA model; validation process comes down to checking FEA model against available test data, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2015 (more FEA articles)

CFD Analysis of a Homemade Cyclone - as flow-rate increases through cyclone, pressure-drop increases; as flow-rate increases, rate of pressure-drop-increase accelerates, Richard Smith, Symscape, Feb 27, 2015 (more CFD articles)

How to Eliminate 2D Drawings with SOLIDWORKS MBD, Pt 1 - employ MBD to define, organize, publish 3D product, manufacturing information, generate 3D PMI definition, GUI-based 3D output template customization, MDB workflow support, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Stop Making 2D Drawings and Eliminate Manufacturing Mistakes with SOLIDWORKS MBD - create 3D model views, apply 3D model-based commands to add dimensions, annotations, set output of all 3D views to single 3D PDF file or employ SOLIDWORKS MBD to output to eDrawings, Roy Mutalik, Design Point Solutions, Mar 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Installation - visit control panel, select SOLIDWORKS installation, click change, select option to modify individual installation, enable SOLIDWORKS Composer option, deselect Composer Player option, pick SOLIDWORKS Composer before proceeding to installation, Saeed Mojarad, Javelin Technologies, Mar 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Easy Client Install - tip to point to server, create local view for user to access vault, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Using Library Features to Create Keyways - process to drop keyway cuts on shafts, internal bores in SOLIDWORKS, Jay Pierson, YouTube, Feb 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New SOLIDWORKS CEO Introduces New Industrial Design Software - SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design might be tough sell to existing users, users still working in 2D may embrace it, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Mar 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Understand the Intersect Tool in Creo Parametric - use tool to make sketch in 3D space, 2 sketches have to be drawn on different planes, these sketches act as components for final sketch, Waqas Ahmad, Mechanical 360, Mar 1, 2015 (more Creo tutorials)

ANSYS Q4 2014: SpaceClaim isn't Cute or Little, But isn't Material Either - total revenue was $936 million, up 9%; revenue from software leases was $318 million, up 7%, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Mar 2, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

CAMWorks - Programming a Corner Slot or Slot - using automatic feature recognition, then manually using 'insert new 2.5 axis' feature, YouTube, Feb 27, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

What is The Future of Making Things? - users see it as cloud-based technology, seamless link between digital 3D model, information, machines, ability to design, develop, test new polycarbonate materials, Australian CAD Blog, Feb 19, 2015 (more CAD industry articles)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Blocks & Xrefs - right click xref in xref manager, select bind to convert xref to block, apply insert to merge xref layers into host drawing, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Mar 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

AutoCAD Layer States Through Xrefs - create sheet file, xref model file into it, visit layout tab to create viewports, form layer states in model file, activate viewport in layout before applying layer state in sheet file, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Feb 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015 Inserting Images - attach image by linking image to folder location, apply 'object linking and embedding' method when copying, pasting image from outside of AutoCAD, Justin Doughty, CADline, Mar 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Creating Transparent Image Using ATIL - load sample project, apply getSnapShot to capture snapshot of selected entities, run GenImg command before selecting entities in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Mar 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Adding Inventor Part Sketches to Drawings - expand part, right click on desired sketch, choose include/visibility to remove particular sketch from drawing view, select properties of model sketch entities to change styles, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 27, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Sketching Quick Tips - create 2D geometry to define size of object, import AutoCAD geometry into sketches before adding dimensions, constraints, take advantage of auto-constraining, apply degree of freedom to find under constrained geometry, Mike Thomas, CAD Setter Out, Feb 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Tips & Tricks: Mirrored Assembly - Reuse vs Mirrored Components - invoke mirror command, select entire assembly in model browser, pick top level assembly in mirror dialog box, choose option to reuse all components in assembly before previewing mirror plane, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Feb 27, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor API to Redefine Work Features - set Workaxis.SetByTwoPlanes method to redefine work axis by specifying another pair of work planes, Vladimir Ananyev, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 28, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015 - The Join Geometry Tool - visit geometry panel to select tool, apply tool to create joins between floors, walls, ceilings, roofs, slabs, build sections where floors, walls appear overlapped in Revit, John Flanagan, CADline, Mar 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Tip Copy and Paste Sheet Technique - tips to create construction documents from design model in Revit, YouTube, Mar 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Printed Circuit Board - create user-defined PCB by specifying parameters, set conductor volume fraction, board mass, layer definition related to PCB, visit printed circuit board to select PCB from engineering database, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Feb 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS SNL Options File - locate license file used for network to set up options file, add groups of users by adding option group before creating other rules to control licensing, Dave Padelford, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Feb 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Drawing Templates vs Sheet Formats - drawing templates saves sheet format, visit document properties to set units, drawing standards in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Mar 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Latest Rendering Software Updates Offer Variety of Improved Visualization Tools - Piranesi 6.0.3 has updated plugins; Maxwell Render V3.1 shows improved performance in Windows; V-Ray software has simplified UI, progressive rendering, faster ray trace, Jill Jerabek, SOLIDWORKS Community, Feb 23, 2015 (more rendering articles, KeyShot articles)

How PTC Conects IoT with CAD - PTC talked about ThingWorx, differences from Axeda, look of IoT device, connecting back home, ThingWorx integration into Creo, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Feb 25, 2015 (more PTC articles, cloud articles)

Simulation Workshop, Pt 7: FEA + Testing - FEA is useful but integrated test, simulation programs are only way to effectively develop products, Laurence Marks, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 27, 2015 (more FEA articles)

PDM/PLM - What is It and Why Do I Need It? - typical information managed in PDM module, advantages, brief overview of Teamcenter Rapid Start, Solid Edge Insight, Cadimage PLM, Feb 27, 2015 (more PDM articles, Teamcenter articles, PLM articles)

The Motions and Mechanics of a Truck-Mounted Crane - performing rigid body analysis of truck-mounted crane in COMSOL Multiphysics, targeting particular mechanism in system, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Feb 27, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

3ds Max Versatility - creating model in 3ds Max for 3D printing, Brian Chapman, AUGI Library, Feb 25, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks, Pt 6: Flip - create block with single door, side-by-side visibility states, add both flip parameter, flip action to generate flip in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FunctionSense, Feb 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Enabling Global Commands on Localized AutoCAD Versions Using .NET - disable auto-correct, auto-complete system variables, add, remove command prefixing event handler before setting mutex flag to call command, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Creating Partial Cuix That Appends Panel to Add-ins Tab - create new menu macro, form panel, ribbon row, invoke ribbon command button before obtaining panels from RibbonRoot in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Programmatically Attaching Digital Signatures to AutoCAD Drawings - register digital certificate issued from recognized vendor, launch AcSignApply.exe tool to check if digital certificate is available, attach digital signature to DWG, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Vault 2015 - Synchronizing 2D and 3D File Properties - adjust document setting to Inventor 2D drawing file, employ selected iProperty from 3D part before applying them to drawing template, Kim Hyde, CADline, Feb 27, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Gets REAL - event focused on 3D capture (scanning/sensing), computing (modeling), creating (additive/subtractive manufacturing), Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Feb 27, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles, CAD show articles)

REAL 2015 was a Real Great Event - Autodesk CEO Carl Bass talked about makers, Ember 3D printer was showcased, photos of event, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, Feb 27, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles, CAD show articles)

Inventor 2015 - Sharing Files & Collaborating with A360 Viewer - drag, drop design file into viewer to share it, open 2 browser side by side to demonstrate A360 viewer collaboration, Clinton Brown, CADline, Feb 27, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Quick Inventor Tip: Make Your Part Look Good - visit tools, education options, colors to adjust color scheme, click view options to set visual style, shadows of part in Inventor, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Feb 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit 2015 - Bespoke Stair Treads - adjust offsets, place profiles of correct size, drawing in appropriate quadrant, click on 'run type selection' to go to section where profiles, offset values can be specified, Dennis Collin, CADline, Feb 27, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Toposurface from a Text File - unclip survey point, enter E/W, N/S value to 0, ensure that view range is set high enough to see all points of surface before creating toposurface in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

5-8 Tips and Tricks - tips to make strings, wrap Dynamo styles, organize with code blocks, define functions in code block, Colin McCrone, Dynamo, Feb 27, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

What's the Use of a SOLIDWORKS User Group? It Turns Out: Rather a Lot - SUG leaders Adam Green, Michael Lord, Kevin Clouden, Jeff Mirisola talked about general SWUG meet-up, benefits, misconceptions of being SWUG member, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

3D Printing a Main Attraction at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - MakerBot had huge presence, Airwolf 3D, Formlabs, MarkForged, EnvisionTEC, Mcor, Roland, 3D Systems, Stratasys showcased their 3D printers, Rita Stange, SOLIDWORKS Community, Feb 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM Administration - Fishing Guides - select Enterprise PDM version to download, extract, rename files once download completes, visit support, guide to find answers to EPDM administrative queries, Jim Krivoshein, InFlow Technology, Feb 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Quick Measurements with the Status Bar - select vertex to obtain Cartesian coordinates, 2 vertices to get distance, delta X, Y, Z, choose edge to determine length of model part in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Feb 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Delete or Keep Body Command - command now includes 'keep bodies' option that is useful when removing all but few bodies in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Sheet Metal Vent - tips to apply vent command in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Solid Edge Tips and Tricks, Pt 4 - change colors of fully-defined sketch, change number of decimal places in dimension box, locking part file in assembly, disable or slow down radial menu, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 25, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

The Sky's the Limit - Vectorworks Cloud Services Select program includes services like free software updates, upgrades of Vectorworks software, incremental product enhancements, additional learning resources, training, priority technical support, CAD User, Jan 2015 (more Vectorworks articles, AEC articles)

Go with the Flow - pedestrian modeling software, MassMotion Flow can be used for space planning, aimed mainly at architects, fire engineers for more specific, smaller projects, David Chadwick, CAD User, Jan 2015 (more AEC articles)

Modeling Room Acoustics with COMSOL Multiphysics - introduction to room acoustics, physical room acoustics, modal behavior with pressure acoustics, Mads Herring Jensen, COMSOL Blog, Feb 25, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Bluebeam 2015 Tip: How to Add Cloud+ to Profiles, Tool Chest and Tool Bars - Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Feb 25, 2015 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

Autodesk Vault and Revisions, Pt 1 - new version is created every time Vault or Inventor changes file, Vault checks recent version of file for editing when file is checked out of Vault, Caleb Funk, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 25, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Add Text from Notepad to AutoCAD - click on multiline text command to create text box, hit tools panel on text editor temporary tab to select import text, locate notepad file before inserting text in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Feb 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Geotechnics Module Add-on for Subscription Members - set borehole data in appropriate columns to ensure that it gets imported properly, adjust downloaded data before visiting strata manager to create surfaces of each stratum, Ben Johnson, Envision CAD, Feb 25, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Top 20 Revit Tips, Tricks, and Handy Tools - tips to re-select previous selection set, apply filter tool, drag to copy, key it in features, temporary view settings, orient to view, temporary dimensions in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Feb 25, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Filtering with Parameters - click on project parameters button in manage tab to create project parameter for any Revit category, apply transfer project standards command to transfer parameters between projects, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Feb 25, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dealing with Topography in Dynamo - gather information from topo mesh, create polysurface having similar shape, convert it before applying it in Dynamo, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Feb 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS User Interface: Selecting and Removing Color from Faces - right click on face of model whose color appears odd, locate appearances button, open list of icons that edits scope, apply power select function to allow different selection filters, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, Feb 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Quick Tip - Submodeling - allows refine results on critical components without re-running analysis for entire assembly, run analysis process on large assembly, select 'create submodel' to obtain list of parts in SOLIDWORKS, Glenn Whyte, HRS Blog, Feb 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

A Quick SOLIDWORKS Surfacing Tip - start 3D sketch, convert entities of model edges, apply fit spline command to create single spline out of edge geometry, fill surface command to fill final shape, John Hall, CADD Edge, Feb 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Demystifying SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM API, Pt 1 - methods for implementing EPDM API, need to create own applications or add-ins for SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Clark Honzik, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

How Video Cards Can Effect SOLIDWORKS Performance - in NVIDIA K620, K2200, K4200 graphics cards, point of diminished performance occurs between 570 and 735 unique components, Josh Altergott, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Feb 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Using Defeature to Simplify Models for Large Assembly Use - apply defeature tool, turn on internal, leave small components at 5% before selecting all visible internal components manually in SOLIDWORKS, Steve Ostrovsky, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Feb 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Highlighted Cursor for Presentations - open RealWorld cursor editor program, select cursor command to place cursor symbol in upper left corner, position it in middle before invoking ellipse command to create circle of desired size in SOLIDWORKS, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Power of Options - Introduction to SNL Options Files - create groups to represent different users, develop options file in text editor, define group, apply EXCLUDE statement to restrict group from accessing specific feature, obtain SNL to apply options file, Jim Holtz, CADimensions Blog, Feb 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Bertrand Sicot Says Goodbye at SOLIDWORKS World, Hello Gian Paulo Bassi - Bernard Charles talked about DS vision, the future of design, new CEO Gian Paolo Bassi talked about plastictronics, Rita Stange, SOLIDWORKS Community, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Women in Engineering Take the Stage at SOLIDWORKS World - Marie Planchard talked about young women in WIE program attending event: Rachel York, Bettina Chen, Joan Yule, Rita Stange, SOLIDWORKS Community, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Sneak Preview of SOLIDWORKS 2016 - support zero thickness geometry, bidirectional sweep, export sheet metal parts of an assembly to dxf/dwg in flat, selection list box should be bigger or flexible in size state, ability to make inferred relations permanent in sketch, Rita Stange, SOLIDWORKS Community, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Recapture Your CAD Mojo by Learning Something New - forecast future technology issues, break big challenges into small problems, think about training, stay motivated, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 24, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

3 Reasons to Move to OpenRoads - learn about design intent, dynamic modeling, civil cells, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Feb 24, 2015 (more InRoads articles)

Simulating an Ideal Stirred Tank Reactor System - application of ideal stirred tank reactors, modeling ideal system of tank reactors in series in COMSOL Multiphysics, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Feb 24, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

12 Settings I've Changed in AutoCAD 2015 Already - apply background plotting to continue working while batching publish plots, block attribute editor to fill title blocks, adjust OSNAPS, polar tracking, FIELDEVAL, CENTERMT, layout tab settings to ease working with AutoCAD, Paul Munford, CAD Notes, Feb 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Another Way to Update Properties - apply copy design features to check file for editing, read property definitions from file, create new binary blob of data in Vault filestore before linking binary data with actual records in Vault database, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Feb 25, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Optimizing Parallels Settings for Autodesk BIM 360 Glue/Autodesk Navisworks - maintain back up copy of virtual machine before starting to modify any settings, configure for design, select virtual machine performance options for best results, tune hardware settings, The 360 View, Feb 25, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articlesNavisworks articles)

Adding a Global Keyword Menu to AutoCAD Using WPF, Pt 2 - open keyword display window to set special commands that need timer to reset keyword list, add, remove event handlers, display keywords when there are nested selections to display, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Updating Attributes in Title Block - type refedit, create, place new attribute in block, exit block editor, save changes in block before clicking sync button to sync block in AutoCAD, Justin Ralston, C3dXtreme, Feb 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Parameters - project parameters are applied for scheduling, sorting, filtering in project, family parameter controls variable values of family, shared parameters are used in multiple families or projects in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Feb 24, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Which .NET Framework Version is Inventor Using - open Inventor.exe.config file to determine Visual Studio version that supports any given version of .NET Framework, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 24, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Making of Zoom to Selection, Pt 3 - declare RangeCoords to store coordinates of range, extents of object, invoke GetSeedRange function to apply selection set oSel, list of doubles as arguments by reference in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 21, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Zoom to Selection, Pt 4 - obtaining range of selected objects when single object is selected in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 22, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Model Visualization, Pt 1: Orientation - apply rotate view tool to rotate model, apply camera feature to zoom pictures in SOLIDWORKS, Greg Dawes, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Modify Tool Explained - tool comes with options to save current value, restore original value, rebuild model with current value, reverse sense of dimension, change thumbwheel increment value, select input units when typing value in SOLIDWORKS, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Rotating Inserted Components in Assemblies - drag components in graphic area, apply rotate component tool found in assembly tab, right click on component in graphics area, select 'move with triad' option to pick rings to rotate, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tips Their Hand on Future Product Direction - Gian Paulo Bassi talked about rapid adoption of 3D printing among SOLIDWORKS user community, embedded flexible electronics, SOLIDWORKS licensing model, John Hayes, ENGINEERING.com, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Chain Component Pattern Tips for SOLIDWORKS, Pt 2 - considering examples of energy chain with rotary motion, closed loop chain, in-context chain path sketch, Todd Domke, HRS Blog, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

CCC Enhances ROI on Midfield Terminal Project at Abu Dhabi Airport Using BIM-Driven Approach - Bentley's BIM Software, including AECOsim Building Designer and ProjectWise, enables seamless information sharing, collaboration across all project disciplines, stakeholders, Anne Busson, CADdigest.com, Feb 24, 2015 (more AEC articles)

OpenRoads Tip: Create Element Templates from the XIN - make copy of original XIN, open InRoads feature style manager in SS3 or SS4, toggle 'ON include surface' in style manager dialog box, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Feb 24, 2015 (more InRoads articles)

Is the 3D Printing Revolution on Hold? - stalling performance of some leading 3D printing trading stocks, development of 4D printing are major obstacles to 3D printing's rise, Benjamin Campbell, Inside 3DP, Feb 24, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How to Use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to Get Real Answers - use CFD to get sense of what's happening in general, before building anything, take measurements in CFD, use CFD to figure out what's important, what's not, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Feb 24, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Obtaining Material Data for Structural Mechanics from Measurements - different material models, common types of tests: uniaxial tension, uniaxial compression, biaxial tension, triaxial compression, torsion, Henrik Sonnerlind, COMSOL Blog, Feb 23, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Calculating Turning and Lathe Feeds and Speeds - using G-Wizard calculator, Bob Warfield, YouTube, Feb 7, 2015 (more CAM articles)

Textual Healing - invoke MTEXT command to set multiple lines of text with word processor formatting, open paragraph dialog to define tabs, indents for text, control columns, superscript text in AutoCAD, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Plotting in Color and Your AutoCAD Background - set 2D model space background to black to use dark background palette, ensure impact of personal preference setting on plots before generating color plots, Michael Partenheimer, Cadalyst, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plotting tutorials)

Quick, Simple Attributed Blocks Available in AutoCAD - open multileader style manager to edit existing unused style or create new style, choose block as multileader type in content tab, pick block before running INSERT command, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Feb 24, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015: Shrinkwrap Command - open assembly file to access Shrinkwrap command, set new Shrinkwrap part name, template, file location, BOM structure on activating command, pick style, simplification, visibility, hole patching options before creating Shrinkwrap IPT, Kendred Cooper, Hagerman & Company Blog, Feb 24, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Tooling: The Process of Designing a Simple Injection Mold - tools to create full 3D model of injection mold in Inventor, Clinton Brown, CADline, Feb 24, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Cross Part Geometry Projection - open assembly, create new part based on face of existing part, project edges of part, press ctrl key while picking desired edges, unlock constraints to modify projected geometry in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Feb 23, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copy/Monitor Realities - Revit Family Origin - define origin of family, check each reference plane before adjusting family's origin in fixture side of wall in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Feb 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Plan by Mass Object - assign materials to mass objects, control colors of object through materials menu or employ filters to color mass objects, create custom parameter to change color of mass family object with material in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Feb 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Zoom to Selection, Pt 1 - start VB.Net Console application, name it to ZoomToSelection, add references to Solid Edge Framework, Solid Edge Draft libraries, set application type to Windows form before adding import statements, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 16, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Zoom to Selection, Pt 2 - visit sub main portion of code to ensure Solid Edge is running, draft document is currently active, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 20, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Telling the Story - Path and Label Tricks in SOLIDWORKS Composer - employ path tool to create 3D lines that illustrate path from components neutral locations, locate crosshair symbol next to label text box in graphics area to apply label tool, Kirkwood Hines, HRS Blog, Feb 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

But You Can't Deny: SOLIDWORKS' Got Style - visit PropertyManager to add or update style, select 'save a style' option to make style available to other documents, start annotation, click on load style button to use already saved style, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Snapshots - strengths, weakness of snapshots in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Feb 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - How to Create a New Vault and Add Licenses - Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Feb 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Up in Arms Over Gesture Computing - gesture-driven Myo armband from Thalmic Labs lets user control games, CAD software using arm movements, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Transitions Aplenty at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Dassault Systemes offers its retail community change in leadership, new products, assurances of continuity, Kathleen Maher & Stephen Wolfe, Graphic Speak, Feb 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Make Relation Between Dimensions in Creo Parametric Sketch - create required shape, dimension all entities upon which some relation is to be applied, choose primary dimension with which all other dimensions will be related, Waqas Ahmad, Mechanical 360, Feb 22, 2015 (more Creo tutorials)

CAMWorks Quick Tip - Using Work-In-Process Model for Toolpath Simulation - easy-to use tool to check toolpath for problems like collisions, gouging, or under-machining, CAMWorks can start simulation from work-in-process rather than from raw stock, considering example of simple part with few nested pockets, Hunter Cordeiro, HRS Blog, Feb 20, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

Interview with Matt Lombard - The Man Behind the Scenes - talk about CAD journey, typical business day, learning Solid Edge in short period of time, role in Solid Edge community, hobbies, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 19, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

Evaluating the Instability of a Space Arc Frame - design element in modern building construction, applying loads to space frames in COMSOL Multiphysics, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Feb 18, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

A Quantum Jump in Mechanical-Electronic CAD Integration - PCBWorks from Altium enables direct links to automatically build parametric, 3D models of circuit board in SOLIDWORKS, Steve Wolfe, Graphic Speak, Feb 13, 2015 (more MCAD articles, SOLIDWORKS articles)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Dynamic Blocks, Pt 3 - create objects up front, add visibility parameter, set visibility mode, make objects visible/invisible, generate new visibility state by opting turn all on, turn all off, or leave as is options, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Open AutoCAD Drawings Without Using AutoCAD - install Trueview Autodesk .DWG viewer to view, edit, print, share AutoCAD drawings, configure Autodesk 360 account properly to upload drawings, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips, Autodesk 360 articles)

Handle AutoCAD Files in a Flash - apply SaveAll, CloseAll, QQuit commands to increase productivity in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Feb 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Adding a Global Keyword Menu to AutoCAD Using WPF - populate list with global keywords that AutoCAD prompts for, double click item in list to send keyword to command line, treat certain commands as special if they require certain condition for operation, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Parallel Aggregation Using AccoreConsole - employ parallel aggregation to launch multiple instances of AccoreConsole, code to gather entity type of all entities from AutoCAD drawings, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating Reference Geometry During an Inventor Sketch - apply project geometry command to select desired edges, choose option to autoproject edges for sketch creation, else automatically create reference geometry by passing cursor over existing edges, points, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 21, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Shimming Your Knowledge - Adding Parameters to Text in Autodesk Inventor - edit text, set components, source, parameter, precision, special symbols in editing screen, click 'add parameters' button to add value to text, edit unit attributes option to adjust units, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Feb 22, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Add Feature to MirrorFeature - select MirrorFeature before choosing feature to be added in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 20, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Alternate Dimension Units in Revit - invoke dimension command, pick edit type button from properties palette, locate alternate units parameter from text area before changing its settings, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Feb 21, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 - Identifying and Communicating Clashing Elements More Easily - apply Show ID reference in clash report generated by Navisworks or 360 Glue, trigger Show ID command to select all element IDs from active Revit document, Dennis Collin, CADline, Feb 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Automation, Ribbon Panel, ItemExecuted and Vacation - obtain tab names by iterating through panels, tabs, apply MouseEnter, MouseLeave events of RibbonButton class before storing button with mouse over it in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 21, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Importing CAD Files and Invert Colors - invert intensity of color once it is imported to make it easier to view on white background, balance appearance in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 22, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

FDM 3D Printed Part Post-Processing Time Slashed by a New Approach to Support Removal - Almco system works like dishwasher with carrousel, banks of jets spray large volumes of solution at low pressure while parts spin slowly on turn table ensuring that all surfaces are covered, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Feb 20, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Interview with India's 3D Printing Pioneer - talk with Dr U Chandrasekhar about applying rapid prototyping in Defense R&D activities, most satisfying application with fused deposition modeling technology, future of metal prototyping in aeronautical sector, Amit Arora, Inside 3DP, Feb 17, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Rapid Prototyping: The Present and the Future - market for rapid prototyping is expected to reach $7 billion by 2025, but process needs to be more tolerant of temperature variations, CADspeed, Feb 23, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List - support zero thickness geometry, bi-directional sweep, export sheet metal parts of assembly to dxf/dwg in flat state, selection list box should be bigger in size, ability to make inferred relations permanent, both direction pattern, Deepak Gupta, Boxer's CAD CAM Blog, Feb 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Create a Surface with Varying Tangency - creating swept surface with twist along edge of interest in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - New in 2015: Product Add-ins and Consolidated Menus  - tips to add more products to command manager to easily turn on add-in in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Looking at solidThinking Inspire 2014 for Architectural Design - creating lighter weighted structures in architecture with Inspire, understanding basic roof truss, bracket problems, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Feb 20, 2015 (more solidThinking reviews)

AEC Technology Updates: Design and Analysis Applications - BIMx Docs app by Graphisoft, Allplan 2015, FineFIRE application by 4M, MEPdesigner for SketchUp extension, Cadimage Doors+Windows add-on for ArchiCAD, Fab Sheets, Parameter Jammer tools for CTC, Sefaira Systems, IESVE application, BIMcollab, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Feb 12, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Do You Have the Power, Pt 2 - PSU technology, design continue to advance, modular, tool-less PSUs simplify access, choose right power supply unit for workstation configuration, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Feb 19, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

Running COMSOL Multiphysics with Amazon EC2 - run AWS CloudFormation tool with templates provided by COMSOL to launch license server on Amazon EC2, choose to either run COMSOL software on single cloud-based machine or on cloud-based cluster, Par Persson Mattsson, COMSOL Blog, Feb 20, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

The New SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Network Wants to Streamline Your Prototyping Process - integrated into MySolidWorks community dashboard, new platform aims to connect SOLIDWORKS users with manufacturers, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Feb 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Iterating and Retrieving System Variable Information - apply AcEdSysVarIterator class to iterate over public system variables, obtain names, data type, range, read-only status in AutoCAD 2015, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Styling Your HTML5 Progress Meter with CSS3 - employ CSS to disable default styling, insert style to adjust its appearance in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk: Flexnet License Manager Starting VD No Licenses are Handed Out - check if firewall ports are open, ensure if IP address is used instead of server name in Licpath.lic, stop license server, start data execution protection before restarting license manager, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Feb 20, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Inventor 2015 - Section Views in Parts & Assemblies - tips to create half section, quarter, three quarter section views in Inventor 2015, Clinton Brown, CADline, Feb 20, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Civil 3D Assemblies and Adaptive Components - create Excel file with coordinates for adaptive points, apply 2-point adaptive component for left, right, get points together from left, center, place adaptive components at those points before creating form, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Feb 20, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Other Civil Design Products to InfraWorks - employ Bentley Mx as source of data to create clean/accurate model, gather surface triangles before using it as 3D model, core geometry, apply InfraWorks360 Design roads to remodel data, Jack Strongitharm, From the Ground Up, Feb 20, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Status Bar Blues - identify if Civil 3D tool is turned on/off by checking its color, toggle buttons available on new status bar, click on button that has 3 horizontal lines on it at far right of status bar, Ron Couillard, What's the Word on Civil 3D, Feb 19, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Adding Cross-X Lines to Unitized Panel Families - draw model lines in current reference plane, switch to exterior elevation view, select reference plane with front of unit, sketch line across surface of unit before zooming to corners in Revit, Jon McFarland, Curtain Wall BIM, Feb 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Exporting High Quality Views from Revit for Reports - select view, set view in way it will be presented in report, adjust sun/shading settings, zoom to specific portion of image before saving it as project image, David Metcalf, A Word on BIM, Feb 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Are We Making Revit/ BIM Too Complicated? - determine ways in which Revit/BIM content impacts project workflows, avoid creating unnecessarily complicated Revit content, or content designed to step over training issues, Michelle Van Kolck, BIM Boom Bam, Feb 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

User Maintenance Cycle for a Stratasys Fortus 400mc - clean platen, empty purge bucket for daily user maintenance; vacuum build chamber, clean, inspect tip wipe assembly for weekly user maintenance, Scott Rollins, CAPUniversity, Feb 20, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Polar 3D Introduces the First 3D Printer Designed for Education - polar coordinate-based 3D printer boasts 50 micron layer resolution, built-in HD camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, round, rotatable, slidable build platform, available for $799, discounted 25% for schools, educators, students, Polar 3D blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS Stays on Course as Bassi Takes the Helm - SolidWorks will continue to invest in desktop platform as per customers demand, top 10 most requested enhancements, SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design was launched, conference will be held in Dallas next year, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Feb 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - Favorite Materials - employ materials editor to assign materials by accessing material favorites list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation, visit favorites tab in materials editor property manager to customize list of often used materials, Bill Reuss, 3D Vision Technologies, Feb 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Stuff the Toolbox Add-in Can Do (No, It's Not Just Bolts, Nuts and Washers) - activate Toolbox toolbar, access structural steel & beam calculator, grooves, O-rings, snap rings, cam generator, bearing calculator to improve SOLIDWORKS productivity, Michel Cloutier, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Jan 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Manufacturer Uses NX CAM to Reduce Costs of Producing Precision Aerospace Parts by 33 to 50 Percent - Akaba Seisakujyo uses Siemens PLM Software solution to support wider variety of products, CADdigest.com, Feb 18, 2015 (more NX CAM articles)

4D Printing: The Next Frontier of Additive Manufacturing - 'shape memory' polymer fibers are incorporated into composite materials, creating 3D object; 4D printing could be especially useful in applications that require compact shipping of larger objects, CADspeed, Feb 18, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

MicroStation Tip: Working with Linestyles - Scale, Shift, Direction - creating selection set of all elements prior to entering key-in eliminates need to select elements individually, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Feb 18, 2015 (more MicroStation tutorials)

PTC's PLM Cloud - Tom Shoemaker, Chris Bergquist of PTC talk about PLM Cloud, difference from other Web-based PLMs, pricing, security on the cloud, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Feb 18, 2015 (more PTC articles, cloud articles)

The History of Engineering Design Tools: Engineering 4.0 - this phase is starting now, considering example of Engineering 4.0 for sales, purchasing, quality assurance, Rich Allen, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 3, 2015 (more engineering articles, CAD development articles)

How to Manage Floors and Levels in Architectural Projects with Rhino - work on each level of building projects using level manager feature, Francesc Salla, VisualARQ, Feb 17, 2015 (more Rhino tutorials)

4 Tips to Use BIM to Lower Construction Risks - ensures building durability, helps project satisfy environmental requirements, optimizes project management, creates safer working environment, Rachel Burger, Capterra Construction Management Blog, Feb 3, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Concepts Reboots Drafting for iPad - new drafting tool for tablets bridges conceptualization, drafting, opens up new lines of communication for professionals, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Feb 12, 2015 (more CAD development articles)

Replace Text in AutoCAD - use FIND command to find, replace text anywhere in drawing, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Feb 18, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Randomly Crashes - update to latest video driver, set AutoCAD to run as administrator, turn off user account control, delete Windows temporary files, reset to AutoCAD defaults, or turn off hardware acceleration, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Feb 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Turn Off Selection Preview in AutoCAD - adjust values of SELECTIONPREVIEW, PREVIEWEFFECT, PREVIEWFILTER system variables to control display of selection previewing, visual effect for previewing objects, exclude specified object types from selection previewing, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Feb 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

The Power of Design and Change: Best Practices for Conceptual Design - accept good CAD standards, employ appropriate Civil 3D tools to conceptualize valid design plans, name sites accordance to lot sizes, apply pre-created blocks with rapidly modifiable properties, mass grading with corridor, Christopher Roberts, AUGI Library, Feb 18, 2015 (more Civil 3D articles)

Creating Your Own AutoCAD Progress Meter Using HTML5 and JavaScript - tips to develop HTML UI that is tightly integrated with AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Fill Out Your Title Block with an iLogic Form - click on iLogic browser to create form, visit forms tab to add form, open form editor to drag, drop all desired fields onto design tree, add block title information in Inventor, Dave Breiner, Synergis, Feb 17, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Delete Suppressed Components in iLogic - code to resolve error messages given by iLogic editor in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 18, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Quick Inventor Tip : Parameter & Equations - relationships, dimensions that controls parametric modeling in Inventor, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Feb 18, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Manufacturers and Recreating Lighting - adopt level-based families, recreate family along with parameters, geometry to avoid problems due to import geometry, incorrectly used parameters, wrong family type in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Feb 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Type Catalogs - select family type button to identify parameters to associate with look up table, create look up table, set yes/no parameters before saving Excel file into CSV file, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Feb 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Modeling a Periodic Heat Load - brief introduction to time-dependent simulations, consider example of laser heating of silicon wafer in COMSOL Multiphysics, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Feb 16, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Particle Component Couplings and the Velociraptor Problem - using advanced features of particle tracing interface like built-in particle component couplings, override properties feature to solve Velociraptor Problem in COMSOL Multiphysics, Christoph Gordalla, COMSOL Blog, Feb 17, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

How to Apply a Harmonic Base Excitation Natively in ANSYS Mechanical Workbench 16.0 - create linked harmonic analysis, apply global acceleration using ACEL command, Mohamed Senousy, ANSYS, Feb 18, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Solid Edge Tips and Tricks, Pt 3 - invoke dimension command to create dimension style for dual unit dimensions, uncheck horizontal/vertical scroll bar check boxes to zoom in/out mouse, place reference text outside of drawing sheet boundary to prevent printed display, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 19, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Searching for Text Content in Networked Unmanaged Solid Edge Draft Files - enable Windows Search Service on file server to allow server generate index stored within network shared location, enable 'file services' role in server before adding role services, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 19, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

How to Repair Parametric Links in Solid Edge - apply 'save as' command in assembly environment to alter context, expand links collector to analyze broken model, invoke redefine links command to fix broken assemblies, Frederic Menage, Design Engineering, Feb 18, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - What We Learned About the New Generation of SOLIDWORKS Products - SolidWorks Industrial Design, based on Dassault Systemes' 3DExperience platform, was introduced at event, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Chain Component Pattern Tips for SOLIDWORKS, Pt 1 - apply distance, distance linkage or connected linkage options to set up patterned components along open or closed path in SOLIDWORKS, Todd Domke, HRS Blog, Feb 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 3D Walk-Through/Fly-Through - click view, 'lights and cameras' to add walk-through, select settings like viewport settings before creating walk-throughs in SOLIDWORKS, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Call Out Drawing View Names with a Smart Note in SOLIDWORKS - double click on view to lock selected view, apply link to property tool to select property, update property if it changes, visit FeatureManager tree to change name of view, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Feb 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: The Bearing Connector - right click connections in simulation study tree, select bearing to define bearing, select/deselect self-alignment to implement bearing connector in SOLIDWORKS, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Feb 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

FEA Simulation: How to Model Creep Response and Stress Relaxation - creep can be incorporated into FEA using creep law, which defines accumulation of creep strain rate as function of current stress, strain, time, temperature, Michael Bak, Desktop Engineering, Feb 16, 2015 (more FEA articles)

Introducing Kenesto Drive for File Management and Collaboration - benefits: automatic file versioning, extremely simple, effective file locking, automated back-up, personal file ownership with sharing, multi-CAD assembly support, intelligent off-line file access, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Feb 16, 2015 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

The Hype Around Consumer 3D Printing is Becoming Boring - in many cases, consumer 3D printing is not used to print off anything useful, focus should divert to sustainability as these printers generate lot of waste, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 17, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

14 Questions to Ask when Interviewing for a CAD Position - ask about skills, experiences, any concerns about qualifications, role to be filled, efforts of past employees done to succeed in that position, company training for CAD, CAD software, hardware in use, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Feb 16, 2015 (more Jobs and Careers articles)

PLM Joins with PLE to Address Product Line Complexity - BigLever Software is joining up with Aras to integrate its PLE platform with Aras Innovator PLM, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Feb 16, 2015 (more PLM articles)

Overriding VP Color in AutoCAD - set key plan to show drawing with faded colors, assign VP overrides to linetypes, lineweights, plot styles, select remove viewport overrides option from layer palette to eliminate VP override, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Feb 17, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Differences Between the Autodesk Vault Products - compares process of managing documents, user base, background server process inside Vault Basic, Vault Workgroup, Vault Professional, Keith Doran, Hagerman & Company Blog, Feb 17, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

BIM 360 Glue - New 2D Map Feature for Intuitive Location Navigation - click new icon in BIM 360 Glue tray to enable 2D mode based on current location in model, select specific floor to jump to any level, merge 2D view to 3D model easily, Paul Walker, Beyond Design, Feb 17, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Civil 3D 2015 - Progressing the Conceptual Design - set parameters, open InfraWorks model to make project specific object selection in Civil 3D, Trevor Clayton, CADline, Feb 18, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Replacing an Inventor Component with Similar but Different One - open assembly model, select 'save and replace component' tool to replace component in assembly, edit new components, create new drawing for new component before invoking replace model reference command in Inventor, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

List Suppressed Components in LOD - open LOD document in background, check components that are suppressed, close document if LOD is not currently active in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 17, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 Quick Tip - Contact Sets - tips to add components to contact set, activate contact solver in Inventor, Clinton Brown, CADline, Feb 18, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Reload from with Images - visit manage images dialog, click on add load button to load image in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Simple, Scalable Rock - import geometry, nest families, adjust dimensions before associating families in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Feb 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Quickly Fix Duplicate Mark Warnings, and Make Element ID or Element GUID Available in Schedules or Tags - obtain bonus tools, open Revit model, check warnings dialog to find affected category, visit bonus tools ribbon, start copy parameters tool to copy unique ID into mark parameter, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Feb 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Searching for Solid Edge Files Based on Text Content in Unmanaged Draft Files - access Solid Edge Insight Server installation media to extract Solid Edge IFilter, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 14, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Synchronous Assemblies Brief Demo - design parts in context of assembly without creating any of synchassembly1debilitating effects of references between parts in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, On the Edge, Feb 16, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Linear Pattern Your Way in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - new up to reference option allows selection of vertex, edge, face, or plane as end reference for pattern, instances to vary option adjusts increment or modifies specific pattern instances, Loretta Stiurca, Design Point Solutions, Feb 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Utilities - Unleash the Power - apply compare utility, feature paint, find/modify features, find, replace annotation, geometry analysis, power select, report manager, simplify, symmetry check utility, thickness analysis from tools drop-down to improve SOLIDWORKS productivity, Franco Rotoli, CADimensions Blog, Feb 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Cardinal Rules of Designing Injection Molded Plastic Parts - maintain uniform wall thickness, avoid abrupt transitions from thin to thick, follow rib design guidelines, avoid sharp corners when designing plastic parts in SOLIDWORKS, Peter Rucinski, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Valve Testing and Design - investigates analytical valve coefficient equations before applying them to flow simulation of water through valve in SOLIDWORKS, David Waltzman, YouTube, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sonar Dome Vibration Analysis - scientists at INSEAN have developed way to calculate effects of turbulent boundary layer flow on bulbous bow housing sonar system with easy-to-use simulation model to reduce self-noise, Francesca Magionesi, CADdigest.com, Feb 17, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles, engineering analysis articles)

Parrot Uses Dassault Systemes' SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design for Groundbreaking Drones - complex 3D shapes for future drones made simple with 3DEXPERIENCE platform's social capabilities on cloud, CADdigest.com, Feb 17, 2015 (more Dassault articles)

New and Revamped Chemical Engineering Interfaces - recap of modeling chemical reactions, reacting flow, learn about chemistry, reaction engineering interfaces in COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0, Niklas Rom, COMSOL Blog, Feb 13, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Expert Interview with Kathleen Maher of Jon Peddie Research on CAD Trends - reports on graphics hardware, Tech Watch subscription service, recent hot topics for CAD engineers, rise in sales of CAD workstations in 2014 Q3, predictions for 2015 for CAD industry, CADspeed, Feb 16, 2015 (more CAD industry articles, CAD hardware articles)

Second Fiddles - overlapping viewport with transparent layers, applying background mask to dimension text, adding additional polar angles in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, CADTutor, Feb 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

5 AutoCAD Tips That You Can Learn in 5 Minutes - apply command line shortcuts to input commands, keyboard shortcuts, visit layers panel to access layers quick tool, properties palette to locate entity within drawing file, Paul Munford, Between the Lines, Feb 17, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks, Pt 5: Rotate - create basic block with circle, cross hairs, thick polyline for true north line, indicator for plan north, adjust multi-insertion points, visibility sets, add rotate parameter, action in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FunctionSense, Feb 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

The One AutoCAD Feature You Need to Be Using Now - dynamic input mechanism is easily configurable, shifts focus from command line to cursor, allows view values on screen, apply pointer input settings to manage display of coordinates, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Feb 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

A360 Collaboration for Revit - enables centralized access to Revit models for all team members, communicator for Revit comes with collaboration service to allow team communicate in real time, integrates A360 Team for better collaboration, Jarod Schultz, Feb 16, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Default Dock Location for Palette Sets - tips to set default dock location for Paletteset when palette is activated in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Shimming Your Knowledge - Associating Text and Symbols to an Autodesk Inventor Drawing View - apply leader text, options to place symbols, right click on leaders to delete leaders leaving text, symbols behind in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Feb 15, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Transform Imported Geometry - obtain base feature, body created by translation, create transient copy of body before defining, applying transform to transient body in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Drive Rule in Sub Sheet Metal Part to Export DWG/DXF by DataIO - workaround is to activate components one by one before running rule to edit flat pattern in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 15, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Content: Build or Buy? - building, maintaining content requires considerable time, effort, coordination of LOD 400 content for prefabrication is primary for buying content, compares Revit content 200 vs managed content LOD 400, Kenneth Eastman, AUGI Library, Feb 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015 - Column Type Differences - architectural columns assume properties, materials of particular object type when placed against object, structural columns are placed along column grids or inside existing architectural columns, John Flanagan, CADline, Feb 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Determining the Face Tangent at a Picked Point - exhibits dynamic face type checking, arbitrary axis algorithm, face tangent generation, UVPoint usage, family path, name selection, interference, collision checking in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 14, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

First Look at SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design - cloud-based service is available for $190 per user per month, has sketching, freeform design tools, John Hayes, ENGINEERING.com, Feb 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Did You Know: Tips and Tricks I Learned at SOLIDWORKS World 2015, Pt 2 - insert drawing view in non-standard orientation without creating new orientation view, dimension to break lines in drawings, create broken-out section view up to center of hole or other feature, Daniel Herzberg, Feb 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - Run Specified Studies - apply mesh only option on specific studies to review mesh for each study, run specified studies option to determine if mesh data is available, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Custom Component Names in Assemblies and Design Tables - disable component name from updating automatically, select options, external references to uncheck 'update components names when documents are replaced,' enter new part name in component properties to update feature tree, Christian Maldonado, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 7 - locate window listing all parts/faces that failed during meshing process, apply check geometry, incompatible mesh or mesh control options to correct mesh failure, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - New in 2015: Export Project - tips to export partially ballooned drawing from inspection add-in for SOLIDWORKS to standalone software, YouTube, Feb 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

AEC Technology Updates: Construction and FM Applications - Trimble ProjectSight, AllTrak Cloud, Rapid Positioning System, Newforma SmartUse, Conworld for construction simulation, Aconex Dynamic Manuals, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Feb 12, 2015 (more AEC articles)

3Dconnexion CadMouse - Hands on Review - easy to configure, ergonomic design, scroll wheel is clever digital scroll, ideal for CAD, priced at USD $99, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Feb 12, 2015 (more mice reviews)

The Flexible, Convenient Future for Buying CAD - subscription licensing models provide access to latest software release, doesn't necessarily mean cloud, offer same software on desktop, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Feb 12, 2015 (more CAD management articles, cloud articles)

3 Quick HSMWorks Tips, Pt 4 - select free access adaptive roughing, using ramp taper angle option, 'create derived operation' to select toolpath quickly, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, CAM articles)

Using Degeneracy Breaking to Design a MEMS Biosensor - degeneracy breaking in MEMS gyroscope, simulating MEMS biosensor in COMSOL Multiphysics, Alexandra Foley, COMSOL Blog, Feb 12, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

10 Useful New Features in ANSYS Mechanical 16.0 - mesh display style, image to clipboard, beam contact formulation, nonlinear adaptive region, thermal fluid flow via thermal pipes, solver pivot checking control, contact result trackers, Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Feb 13, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Autodesk Nastran In-CAD: Results - result plots are easily configurable with typical smoothed, contoured visualization, cross sectioning is configurable within plot setting, nodal information per plot style is reviewable, user interaction is bit awkward with limited configuration of plots, John Evans, Design and Motion, Feb 13, 2015 (more Autodesk articlesNastran articles)

The Autodesk Uninstall Tool - visit Windows start menu to open tool, start it to view list of all existing Autodesk products along with existing components, check box next to product name to uninstall product, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Feb 13, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Getting Ordered Edges by Traversing BRep Loop Edges - code to retrieve edge information, orient them as per loop being iterated in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Making a Custom Entity Associative Dimension Enabled - check APIs exported in AcDimX20.dll, apply acdbEnableDimAssocForEntity() API to enable associative dimensioning for custom entity, else employ AcDbAssocPersSubentIdPE to reveal sub-entities of custom entity in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How to Customize a Unique Double Tag in AutoCAD P&ID - modify tag-definition of pipeline group, ensure that both properties are inherited to pipeline segment class, used in pipeline segment tag, Bernd Gerstenberger, In the Pipes, Feb 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

How to Use Inventor Sketch Block Dimensions in Other Feature Sketches - employ parametric table to control dimensional values of other feature sketches, edit sketch, select 'dimension visibility' from context menu to make sketch block dimensions appear in sketch, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

3D Modeling Tire in AutoCAD - implement Boolean tools, 3D array, revolve, extrude commands to model type in AutoCAD, YouTube, Jaiprakash Pandey, Jan 29, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Revit 2015 - Editing Dimension Text - open dimension text dialog, select button beside 'replace with text,' type in required text in text field, click apply to completely replace dimension text with user specific text, Martin Phelps, CADline, Feb 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit UniqueId in Glue and Navisworks - specify UniqueId in Navisworks exporter options to include it in Glue viewer or else open options editor, check mark 'convert element properties' to include UniqueId via Navisworks, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Feb 12, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articlesNavisworks articlesRevit articles)

Revising Keynote Data - visit keynote legend to review each keynote, activate keynote table via keynote value parameter in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Insert Revit Link File - apply ModelPathUtils class to insert link file easily in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Feb 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Did You Know: Tips and Tricks I Learned at SOLIDWORKS World 2015, Pt 1 - always run DFMXpress before sending part to vendor for manufacturing, user can auto-pause assembly instructions created in Composer, Daniel Herzberg, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Embrace the Future, Respect the Legacy - drone from Parrot designed in SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design, Rich Chin talked about predictive computing in SOLIDWORKS products, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Feb 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Focus on MBD - method to save presentation views, use format-type template, translate 3D SOLIDWORKS model into 3D PDF, add-in is available for $2,000, Jennifer Herron, MCADCafe, Feb 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 3- Photo Journal, Pt 1 - industrial designer, Jinsop Lee talked about 'little theory' of 'five sensors,' inspirational story of SOLIDWORKS user, Sefi Udi, Michael Lord, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 3- Photo Journal, Pt 2 - winners of SOLIDWORKS model mania contest, top 10 most requested enhancements, Neil Cooke talked about SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design, Michael Lord, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 3- Photo Journal, Pt 3 - SOLIDWORKS 2016 Enhancements: degree style spline, C2 edge blend, sweep bi-directional, nested balloon sorting, direct scale change, scale with operation system, child feature reference, Michael Lord, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Opening a DXF/DWG File in SOLIDWORKS - select method to open DXF/DWG file, pick layers, enter unit type, point at center in sheet, click finish to open drawing sheet, start new sketch or open part in sketch, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Be My Valentine - SOLIDWORKS Sketch Text - position text, check options for rotating, aligning, mirroring, scaling, spacing text, add/remove parameters, adjust display states to control appearances in SOLIDWORKS, Catherine Wagner, CADimensions Blog, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How Does Guide Curve Influence Work in a SOLIDWORKS Loft Feature? - adjust guide curves that influence shape of surrounding exterior loft faces, visit edge if it has sharp corner or tangent to next entity, apply global guide curve to influence edges/sharps, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Large Assemblies, Pt. 1: Options and Large Assembly Mode - YouTube, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

CNC Technology in Guitar Manufacturing - guitar manufacturer Die Klangwerkstatt uses MecSoft's VisualMILL for customized guitars; replications, reproductions can be built of existing guitars, components, Georg Schöpf, CADdigest.com, Feb 13, 2015 (more VisualMILL articles)

Sustainable and Efficient Brewing Equipment with Smap3D Plant Design for 3D Piping Design - oldest manufacturer of brewery machines, KASPAR SCHULZ uses Solid Edge with Smap3D Plant Design to improve efficiency, reduce costs, increase quality, CADdigest.com, Feb 12, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

How will You Buy CAD Software in 2016? - defining license terms, costs, Autodesk, other software developers are moving toward subscription-only access to software, plan for new software licensing policies to get most of ROI, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 10, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

Solid Edge Tips and Tricks, Pt 2 - show part face colors when doing part painter, locate faces of target part in assembly for mate, translate multiple step files into Solid Edge format, scale cross section, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 13, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SketchUp Multi-Tool Personalities, Pt 1 - automatically trim corners with arc tool by double clicking immediately after drawing arc, pick vantage point in SketchUp, create view looking towards specific location in model using position camera tool, Josh Reilly, SketchUpdate, Feb 11, 2015 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Cloud CAD will Have to Solve PDM Problems at First Place - with absence of file system exposed to end user, cloud CAD system will have to solve PDM problem first, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Feb 9, 2015 (more PDM articles, cloud articles)

Discretizing the Weak Form Equations - use set of localized shape functions as basis to approximate real solution, substitute them one by one into weak form equation to obtain discretized system of equations, Chien Liu, COMSOL Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

How to Create ANSYS Workbench Parameters and Named Selections with CATIA - turn on basic geometry options for parameters, named selections to transfer named selections, parameter to other systems in Workbench, Simon Pereira, ANSYS, Feb 10, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

I Use P to Get What I Want, When I Want It, and You Can Too - use P option to select all objects that were previously selected, SELECT command can also be used to select objects in AutoCAD, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Feb 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

5 Tips for AutoCAD Performance - employ recommended hardware, disable/enable hardware acceleration, clean drawings, avoid numerous customizations that can slow down program, open only essentials programs in background while running AutoCAD to maximize performance, Jon McCoy, MasterGraphics, Feb 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Removing Un-Purgeable Linetypes Using the Layer Translator for AutoCAD - open layer translator in file having issue, load layer, select 'map same' button to map layers, click on translate before running PURGE ALL command, Kate Ming, Ideate, Feb 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Double Clicking Text Gives Unknown Command Message - edit customize UI dialog box, locate PGP file before updating it in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Jan 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 - Project Explorer - add-on comes with powerful, user-configurable report generator, unique on-screen report view, integrated design validation tools, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Feb 12, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Roll Your Own Copy Design - obtain download ticket, copy binary file contents exactly so that it still points to old file names, set new name, location, relationships of copied file before adding file to Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Feb 11, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Inventor Tip: Customizing Inventor InfoTip Properties - locate config file, ensure that program data is visible, open InfoTip.config file in notepad, adjust id, name, exclude options, apply iProperty formula to add custom iProperty to standard iProperty, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, Feb 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 - iLogic - Allow Multiple Design Intents - iLogic rule identifies if TotalWidth, FilterWidth or ColumnQTY has been changed by user, create memory parameter that will allow iLogic rule compare each memory parameter against current parameter value, CADline, Feb 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Translating Shared Parameters - move parameter to another group, change parameter type, adjust visibility of parameter, check if parameter is changeable in Revit project, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Feb 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

New Tools in the Daily Builds: Library UI, Special Characters, and Custom Nodes - enhanced icons, tooltips, supports unicode, code blocks, special syntax available on input nodes inside of custom nodes allow users to specify expected data in Dynamo, Zach Kron, Dynamo, Feb 9, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Displaying Progress Bar and Generating Animated GIF - valid Revit API context is provided by callback function, employ animated GIF format to display animation immediately on web page without need for any user interaction, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List - variable pull direction draft, topology optimization from Tosca for all engineers, both direction pattern, selecting inner loops of selected face, ability to make inferred relations permanent in sketch, display exact item causing error, Daniel Herzberg, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 - SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, extended quickmates, Toolbox favorites folder, copy & paste mate support, rename part directly in FeatureTree, drawings - direct scale change, nested balloon sorting, Brian McElyea, CAD Fanatic, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 2- Photo Journal, Pt 3 - keynote speaker, Dr Michio Kaku talks about his work, best selling books, smart glasses, contacts, augmented reality, supervision in 3D, transparent screens, 3D TV without glasses, computer simulation of 3D air flow in jet planes, Michael Lord, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Best of Show Hardware and Software - hardware: Artec Spider 3D Scanner, handheld 3D scanner for CAD applications, priced at US$22,600; Software: nPower Power Surfacing for SOLIDWORKS 2.0, plugin to design complex free form, aesthetically pleasing Class-A surfaces, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Pricing Next-Gen CAD: Has Dassault Systemes Lost the Plot with 3DExperience? - priced at $2280/year, SolidWorks Industrial Design hold little practical advantage over Autodesk Fusion 360, priced at $300/year, for typical end-users, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design: New Name, New Innovations - SWW 2015 renames SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual to Conceptual Design, adds dynamic motion simulation, mechanism synthesis, history based mates, enhanced interoperability features to make it highly competitive, John Picinich, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2015 SP 2.0 - What's New in SP 2.0 and What Do You Really Need to Know - process name changed in Windows, UI is cleaner with 3 different color themes, information pane has easy-to-read format, document properties for view names, batch save option in technical illustration workshop, Robert McGaughey, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - 3 Methods of Visualization - apply OpenGL, RealView or PhotoView 360 methods of visualization depending on purpose, YouTube, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Managing Results - tips to manage simulation results, control their location in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Delcam FeatureCAM 2015 - integration of probing sequences directly into system, automatic avoidance of jigs, fixtures. Vortex operations to allow full flute cutting, more intelligent part mirroring, mill/turn updates, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 10, 2015 (more FeatureCAM articles)

Synergis Software PLM Vision 2015+ - Synergis offers single solution, Synergis Adept, focuses on being technically, functionally scalable, employs more straight-forward approach to CAD file management, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Feb 10, 2015 (more PLM articles)

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Pt 4: Different Types of Models - considering ways to collaborate between ArchiCAD users, different modeling types, creating one layer model, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Feb 9, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

How to Repair the Parametric Links in an Assembly (Assembly Environment and V&M) - analyzing 'broken' model in Solid Edge, fixing it with 'redefine links,' Frederic Menage, Design Fusion, Jan 29, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

Expert Interview with Ron Brys About Optimal Workflows - how CAD IT people maintain optimal workflows, CAD software/workstations impact CAD users' accomplishments, how EnvisionCAD help change scope of CAD landscape, trends in CAD industry, CADspeed, Feb 8, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

Expert Interview with Mary Moscarello of Graphisoft on Building Information Modeling - GRAPHISOFT vs other CAD software, design of ArchiCAD, describing building information modeling, OPEN BIM project, CADspeed, Feb 10, 2015 (more ArchiCAD articles, AEC articles)

AutoCAD: Layout Regen Options - select among Regen when switching layouts, cache model tab and last layout, or cache model and all layouts options to allow AutoCAD handle process of switching between model, layout tabs, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Feb 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

BIM 360 Field: Versions for Your Documents - automatic versioning provides access to latest version of construction documents, allows view history of any document through older versions in library, Krystian Macek, Beyond Design, Feb 10, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Integrating Physics into AutoCAD Using JavaScript - incorporate Jenga sample into AutoCAD palette, provides ability to capture graphics in scene by bringing various blocks into current drawing as Solid3d objects, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Vault Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) Setup Guide - change default port during initial installation, employ Windows Firewall with advanced security to add inbound firewall rule, configure router, visit internet information services manager to select website containing AutodeskDM virtual directory, Alex Fielder, Design and Motion, Feb 11, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Design High-Concept Contemporary Architecture - create pyramid before applying modifiers, set geosphere with V-Ray lighting, adjust cameras to show facades of building, material components, combine render elements in 3ds Max, Juan Carlos Ramos Figueroa, 3DTotal, Feb 11, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

InfraWorks: Create Hatched Coverage Areas - create hatch pattern in photo editing application, open style palette in InfraWorks, navigate to materials tab to open materials style catalog, add new style to material catalog before opening hatched .png file, Elliott Rosenfeld, BIMagination, Feb 10, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D 2015 - Using the Navisworks Switchback Tool - invoke NWCOUT command to export current .dwg as .nwc file, NWLOAD command to open communications between Civil 3D, Navisworks, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Feb 11, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Navisworks articles)

The ABCs of MEP Construction Modeling, Pt 2 - assess direction in which industry is moving, leverage Revit platform using toolsets, IFC linking for construction modelers, relevance of approved equipment submittals, adjust sequencing, timing, initialize MEP construction process in Revit , Matt Stachoni, AUGI Library, Feb 10, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Topo Above Structure - employ floors or roofs if geometry is of consistent thickness, shape edit them via modify sub-elements to create more topo-like surface in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Feb 11, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit MEP - Detail Callout Bias or Gotcha - employ floor plan type instead of detail callout while setting enlarged plan for showing nested annotations, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Revit 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Transaction Groups - prepare first transaction, open, load family document into project, call assimilate method to close transaction group in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 11, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World What's New - SOLIDWORKS 2016 features: hide/show main planes, select sketch line or arc mid point without right mouse button, degree style spline, C2 edge blend, sweep bi-direction, Jeremy Regnerus, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 2- Photo Journal, Pt 2 - Marie Planchard talked about women in engineering, Suchit Jain talked about benefits of My.SOLIDWORK website, 3D ContentCentral site to be launched soon, Michael Lord, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Wednesday General Session Recap - keynote speech by industrial designer Jinsop Lee, inspirational story of designer Seffi Udi, SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design demo, SOLIDWORKS 2016 features: flatten surface enhancements, rename part, UI scales with operating system, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Live Blog Day 3 - keynote speech by Jinsop Lee about how to design with 5 senses, model mania competition winners announced, Bruce Holway announced SOLIDWORKS top 10 enhancements, SOLIDWORKS 2016 features unveiled, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What We Learned at SWW15 About SolidWorks Industrial Design - SWID is a very early-stage product with carefully considered UI, but Windows-only product, will be sold through existing regional VAR channels, priced at $190/month with one-year commitment, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

How to Find Your Enterprise PDM Files within the Archives Directory - open SQL server management studio, connect SQL instance before running select statement against vault, pad number with zeros to set value that is 8 digits long, Guy Edkins, CAPUniversity, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

Missing the 5th Tab in SolidNetWork License Manager - 5 tab SNL manager is stored in completely different location, folder structure varies depending on installation filepath, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Sheet Metal - gussets in flat patterns, sketch bend previews, PEM fasteners in hole wizard, improved mirrored sheet metal parts, YouTube, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Tech Tip: Configuration Integration - when Plastics Integration is turned on, software load up Plastics model/simulation that matches configuration name, use Plastics 'model manager' to copy, move around Plastics simulations, David Roccaforte, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Q&A: Jon Hirschtick on the Future of CAD, Pt 2 - future of cloud, web, mobile, lingering security concerns around CAD in cloud, how cloud-based CAD solutions address data management headaches, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Feb 9, 2015 (more Onshape articles, CAD development articles, cloud articles)

OSNAP: A Closer Look - invoke OSNAP command to determine geometric locations of objects, set APBOX variable to 1 to make aperture box visible, type first 3 letters of OSNAP name to activate particular snap in AutoCAD, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Feb 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

ACA: PICKFIRST Reminder - set PICKFIRST to 1 to pick objects, indicate action/commands, double click on Mtext or text before entering associated text editor, press delete to erase selected objects, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Feb 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 - Changing the Default Surfer Zoom - open DWT template border, set ATTMODE value to 2, select conversion ribbon tab, tools panel to open XDATA editor, pick WD_M block, add VIA_WD_SURF_ZOOM, set required zoom level in value field, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Feb 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Modeling Cars Using Polygons - creating polygonal meshes with high quality curvature that produces better reflections in 3ds Max, Ali Ismail, 3DTotal, Feb 9, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Learn the Basics on Sheet Metal Defaults - create part using sheet metal template, form multiple rules to reflect different thickness, bend radii, materials, invoke loft command to apply thickness of selected rule to part in Inventor, Dave Breiner, Synergis, Feb 10, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Cannot Extrude Sketch Geometry - create 4 points that constrain each to line or arc, fix line, arc so that they do not move around, constrain it to line, arc before deleting temporary constraints in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 9, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

How to Use Revit Cost Summation  - step-wise process to add, report cost data using Revit, Curt Egli, Synergis, Jan 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Terminating a Family Instance Placement Loop with Esc - hit first esc key to remove PromptForFamilyInstancePlacement selection, press second esc key to abort command in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 1- Photo Journal, Pt 2 - demo of SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design by Kishore Boyalakuntla of SOLIDWORKS, Michael Lord, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 1- Photo Journal, Pt 3 - Gian Paolo introduces Parrot - Henri Seydoux, Karim Fargeau; Rick Chin introduces Thalmiclabs, maker of Gesture control armband; keynote speech by Bre Pettis, Michael Lord, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Live Blog Day 2 - SOLIDWORKS women in education award, impressive keynote speech by Dr Michio Kaku, pricing for SWID to be $190/month for 12 months, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 2- Photo Journal, Pt 1 - Richsard Doyle presented SWUGN awards: user group of year - San Antonio SOLIDWORKS user group, Michelle Pillers community award - Jeff Mirisola, Michael Lord, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Tuesday General Session Recap - Monica Menghini of Dassault Systemes discussed how to approach design from consumer perspective, Richard Doyle presented SWUGN awards, Suchit Jain of SOLIDWORKS discussed benefits of MySolidWorks, 3D ContentCentral (3DCC) supplier services, keynote speech by Dr Michio Kaku, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What was the Coolest Thing You Saw Today? Why, SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design, of Course - SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design uses subdivision modeling, can push, pull on point on surface, create mathematically accurate version of changed surface, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

The CAM Ecosystem at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - products by certified Gold, CAM partners on expo floor: BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS, CAMWorks, CG CAM-TOOL for SOLIDWORKS, hyperMILL for SOLIDWORKS, Shyam Venugopal, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Simulation Quick Tip: Using Result Options to Control Storing Results - right click on result options, select define/edit to open menu that allows disable stresses, strains from being saved, control steps across time range to be saved in SOLIDWORKS, Silvio Perez, HRS Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

5 Reasons Mechanical Conceptual is Your Early Design Phase Solution - design freely within single modeling environment, model quickly by setting start, end position, extrude depth, animate seamlessly, validate models instantly, communicate design ideas constantly, Roy Mutalik, Design Point Solutions, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Self-Contact Option in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - set spring to automatically adjust itself on curved surface to make contact, visit contact, click on 'self-contact' option to select entire curved surface, view spring movement once motion analysis completes, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Making a Precise Move - locate command in right-click menu, move component using ruler, setup shortcut key to allow accessing triad faster, easier in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Changing the Document Units to Display as Fractions - visit unit settings in status bar, or visit tools, options, document properties, units to edit/specify document units in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Viewing the Future of Monitors for CAD - niche vs mainstream technologies, traditional displays won't be pushed out of the market, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Feb 6, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

CAMWorks - Turning Introduction - programming workflow for automatic, interactive feature definition on 2 axis (single turret) turned part, YouTube, Feb 6, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

3D Systems + Cimatron a Done Deal - Circle Get Tighter - 3D Systems completes its acquisition of Cimatron for $97 million, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Feb 9, 2015 (more CAM articles)

Quick Tip: How to Paste to Original Coordinates - select objects to be copied, drag them anywhere into drawing, click 'paste to orig cords,' apply SELECTIONEFFECT to switch between highlight <1>, dotted object highlight <0> in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Feb 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing aids tutorials)

Fasttrack Align View Cube Tool - open model, select 'create ortho view' tool, form new ortho drawing, pick view angle, apply align view cube tool to choose part to be shown in horizontal plane in Plant 3D, Process Design from the Outside, Feb 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Never Lose Track of Your AutoCAD Drawing Again - right click in command line to visit options, visit 'open and save' tab, check file open option to display full path in title to make directory structure of drawing file visible, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Feb 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing aids tutorials)

4 Steps to Creating Flawless Drawings - create checklist to ensure that everything is included in AutoCAD drawing, print drawings once ready, revise printed set before re-printing set again, update checklist, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing aids tutorials)

BIM 360 Field - Library and Publish API Updates - automatically maintains new versions of document each time file with matching name is uploaded to project library folders, new publish API is consistent with upload functionality from UI, Manu Venugopal, The 360 View, Feb 6, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Fusion 360 CAM: Basic - Chapter 1 - 5 - tips to set up machine using standard version of Fusion 360 CAM, machine around part, drilling holes, solid jaw vs bad movable jaw, Lars Christensen, cadcamstuff.com, Feb 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesCAM articles)

How to Add Synchronous Belts to Inventor Design Accelerator - locate default design data folder, browse to folder containing synchronous belt tables, open file using XML or text editor, change necessary information to match new belt, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 7, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Shimming Your Knowledge - Using the Assembly BOM to Quickly Change Properties - access BOM manager to view fields for modification next to components, apply 'choose columns' tool to add column, fill iProperties of columns to be configured in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Feb 6, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Leaders and Tags - add numbers to define priority for leader connectors, adjust connector's location relative to information if length of data in labels is beyond control in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

BIMCollab - allows measuring general progress of project by counting issues opened, solved, save designs as BCF file before uploading them in BIMCollab, group issues based on priority level, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Feb 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials, AEC articles)

Revit 2015 MEP - Calculations and Performance - performance mode improvements is intended to improve performance when working/editing large MEP system networks, settings fails to permit duct/pipe sizing, system inspector, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Solid Edge Close Multiple, Pt 1 - start VB.Net forms application, visit COM tab, add references to Solid Edge Framework, Solid Edge FrameworkSupport, Solid Edge constants libraries, create form before listing files in ListView control, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 2, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Solid Edge Close Multiple, Pt 2 - connect running instance of Solid Edge to all open documents accessed into oDocs, list all open files, double click on border of two column heads to autofit, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 5, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Solid Edge Close Multiple, Pt 3 - tips to run utility from ribbon button in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 9, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Interview with Tushar Suradkar, CAD Renaissance Man - learning Solid Edge, CAD development using geometric modeling kernels, visualization tools, first programming adventure, influence of Jason Newell, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 9, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Monday General Session Recap - SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi announced SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design, built on Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 1- Photo Journal, Pt 1 - Bertrand Sicot introduced SOLIDWORKS Inspection, SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition; Bernard Charles talked about 3DEXPERIENCE, its achievements, Michael Lord, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Live Blog Day 1 - SWID in browser, wrist-worn gesture controllers from Thalamic Labs, Parrot drones in action at exhibition floor, ThinkStation P300 workstation vs ThinkStationS30 workstation, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design: Simplify Industrial Design and Expand Innovation for Your Business Advantage - SWID accelerates product design process by providing engineers with cloud-based tool to design, collaborate on complex organic shapes, Justin Burton, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Normandy Guitars at SOLIDWORKS World Product Showcase - designed, configured, customized in SOLIDWORKS, guitars are available for play in Product Showcase at event, Jeremy Regnerus, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Why Does SOLIDWORKS Find Stress Higher Than Hand Calculations - reasons: stress component was calculated instead of applying failure theory, gross stress was calculated instead of localized stress, wrong simulation plots are being compared to hand calculation, Brandon Donnelly, CADdigest.com, Feb 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Pitfalls of Breaking File References - tips to manage referencing part files in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - SOLIDWORKS MBD - new add-in allows model to show manufacturing information rather than traditional 2D drawings, Tandy Banks, YouTube, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Q&A: Jon Hirschtick on the Future of CAD - need to change CAD, challenges faced by small companies, opinion about cloud-based CAD solutions, OnShape's approach to cloud, benefits of true cloud-based solutions to users, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Feb 5, 2015 (more Onshape articles, CAD development articles, cloud articles)

Dell Refreshes Its M3800 Engineering 'Ultrabook' - upgrade includes Thunderbolt 2 port, Ethernet dongle, from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, new display available as option, Q&A about battery life, LTE (high speed data via cell towers) option, uses of Thunderbolt for customers, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Feb 5, 2015 (more laptop reviews)

Crowd-Sourced CAD Software Rating Report Published - SOLIDWORKS leads pack, closely followed by Inventor; ranking confirms AutoCAD's market dominance; Rhino snuck in as niche provider, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Feb 6, 2015 (more CAD industry articles)

3D Printer User Maintenance: How to Replace the Tip Wipe Assembly - completely power down system, remove purge container, remove old flicker by loosening rear screws, pulling up on flicker, Chris Harrington, CAPUniversity, Feb 6, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Complexity of PLM Business Models - groups, community involved into typical PLM business, explanation about each group, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Feb 5, 2015 (more PLM articles)

CFD Analysis of a Blower for a Small Dust Collector - used zero-thickness faces for blades, blade-tip-disks to simplify simulation, Richard Smith, Symscape, Feb 6, 2015 (more CFD articles)

CAMWorks - 3 Axis Mill Introduction - easily program internal cavities, external features without having to manually select faces; broad overview of finishing strategies: constant stepover, Z level, slice, spiral, radial, flowline, YouTube, Feb 5, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

Episode 21: The Eight Components of Market Maturity - components are: objectives, stages and milestones; champions and drivers; regulatory framework; noteworthy publications; learning and education; measurements and benchmarks; standardized parts and deliverables; technology infrastructure, BIM ThinkSpace, Jan 27, 2015 (more AEC articles)

9 of the Best New Features in Bluebeam Revu 2015 - attach images into markup with capture 2.0, keep files up-to-date with batch slip sheeting, 'batch compare and overlay' feature, cloud+, markup tooling scaling, sketch tools, sets 3.0, spaces 2.0, studio enhancements, CloudsCarsCameras.com, Feb 5, 2015 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

Perspectives on AutoCAD - AutoCAD has undergone changes since its inception 30 years ago, it is still expected to see tweaks to interface, small enhancements to existing commands, new commands, or may come up with re-written code, Walt Sparling, AUGI Library, Feb 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Using WeakEventManager with AutoCAD Events - unsubscribe events that are no longer needed, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Insert Common SelectionSet to Folder - obtain selection sets, create search, conditions, set selection to everything before moving selection set to folder in Navisworks, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, Feb 5, 2015 (more Navisworks articles)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 - Purging Your Project & Minimizing Your File Sizes - select project tools panel, invoke purge command to clean data from AutoCAD file structure that is no longer part of drawing, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Feb 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Sketching: Quick Tips - apply input boxes while creating 2D geometry, disable persistent dimensions to avoid dimensions from getting created, reuse geometry imported from AutoCAD, employ degree of freedom to find under constrained geometry, Micheal Thomas, CAD Setter Out, Feb 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Align Drawing View to Face and Edge - apply face's normal to set camera's view direction, employ second selected edge's direction to set UpVector of view in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 5, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

AC Quirkiness, Pt 4 - Create Similar Command - select 2D/3D model in project environment, visit options under modify tab to click 'create similar' icon, avoid using model, symbolic line while using command in Revit traditional families, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Feb 5, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Gaps in Grids - turn on crop boundary of view to ensure it intersects grids, apply 1/4" bubble gap type to stop grid from travelling all way through model in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 5, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Customizing Templates in SOLIDWORKS - visit system options to select file locations, click add to pick newly created folder, save drawing template with/without folder in SOLIDWORKS, Suzy Chesin, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Feb 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Copying Shells Between SOLIDWORKS Simulation Studies - Tim Roberts, YouTube, Feb 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Construction Teams in the Field Use Bentley Navigator to Access Models - CH2M HILL used Bentley Navigator for model review, visualization, Bentley Navigator enabled greater participation in BIM process by SpawGlass contractors team, CADdigest.com, Feb 6, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Inegi Uses ProCAST to Manufacture Customized Hip Prostheses in a Cost-Effective Way - simulation of casting process led to better filling sequence, reduced voids in hip prosthetics, CADdigest.com, Feb 5, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Introduction to DriveWorks Xpress - turn on DriveWorks, register product code, create new folder to store project, link model to DriveWorks database, complete background work needed to automate design, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, Feb 5, 2015 (more DriveWorks articles)

The Impact of 3D Printing Across the Life Cycle of a Product - 3D printed models contribute to improved communication between design, manufacturing departments, Rob Stipek, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 5, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Concatenating Text Files Using ANSYS Mechanical APDL - macro to join files together using APDL command, PADT Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

How and Why We're Building Fusion - Autodesk CEO explains how Autodesk is creating 'technology platform of the future' since current design tools focus on geometric modeling but product development needs industrial design, simulation, CAM, collaboration, more, Carl Bass, In the Fold, Feb 5, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Understanding AutoCAD Backup and Autosave Files - recover data by renaming .bak extension to dwg, invoke MOVEBAK command to specify alternative folder for bak files, visit drawing recovery manager to locate/open documents that were last open when AutoCAD crashed, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Jan 29, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Translating Between Drawing Point and Geographic Location Using ObjectARX - code to convert drawing point to geo-location, geo-location to drawing point in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Attaching Geo-Location Data Using ObjectARX - sign in to Autodesk 360 account to set model space point, geo-location point in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Place Component with iLogic - inform command manager about file to be placed using iLogic, run place command to run rule in background while placing components in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, Feb 5, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Hole Dimension Retrieved with Wrong Tolerance in Inventor - workaround is to add hole/thread note instead of retrieving dimensions from hole features, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Feb 3, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Row in Parts List Can't Be Resized in Inventor 2015 - set text in multi-line to move size of row lines up/down, employ green grip to modify height of table, resize squashed column to set texts in single-lines, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Feb 4, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit: Exporting Shared Parameters - visit create tab, properties panel to select family types tool, export shared parameter, move parameters from 'exported parameters' group to another group if group exists, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit - Secret Workset - create necessary elements for rendering model, form entourage workset, uncheck 'visible in all views' box, place all objects that are part of visualization effort on created workset, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

The Dynamo Interface - basics of Dynamo, Dynamo interface, nomenclature on Dynamo interface, function of Dynamo Canvas, Marcello Sgambelluri, Simply Complex, Jan 30, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Family Selection Node Names in Dynamo are a Little Confusing. This is What They Really Represent - family selection nodes in relation to their meaning, Marcello Sgambelluri, Simply Complex, Feb 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Shape of Display States - Form of Configurations - uncheck 'link display states to configurations' option to make display states available to configurations, be aware of active configurations, display state, manage right/left-hand variant in configurations, color variation in display states in SOLIDWORKS, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Practical Pointers: Managing Changes in SOLIDWORKS Inspection - allows adding/removing dimensions, employ compare function of 'Standalone for PDFs' to overlay revised PDF over existing PDF, Cody Pendzich, SolidNotes, Feb 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Routing  - introduces ability to route ducting, cable trays in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Sheet Metal: Swept Flanges vs Miter Flanges - swept flange allows creating part, fails to create bend relief around corners, while miter flange is created on existing sheet metal part, can be used around multiple edges in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - 3 Things to Expect - new CEO Gian Paolo Bassi will keep customers focused on SOLIDWORKS, developments in field of cloud computing, feedback regarding Mechanical Conceptual, updates, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Xi MTower PCIe Provides the Best Bang for Your Buck - 3.7GHz Intel Core i7-5930K processor, 16GB DDR4 memory, NVIDIA Quadro K5200 graphics card, 500GB Samsung 2.5-inch SSD, lots of expansion options, excellent performance, base price $1,079, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2015 (more Xi workstation reviews)

Solid Edge Tips and Tricks, Pt 1 - make Solid Edge use all processors/cores on PC, make associative mirrored part copy of synchronous part, share material table with other users, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 3, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Flow Simulation Tech Tip: Hardware Benchmarks - machine needs to be balanced, RAM should be according to size of the model, CPU/cores should be according to speed of solution, David Roccaforte, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles, CAD hardware articles)

Application-Specific: Polar, Far-Field and Particle Tracing Plots - understanding polar plot from conical antenna model; far-field plot describes wave pattern at distances far from source in COMSOL Multiphysics, Lexi Carver, COMSOL Blog, Feb 2, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Autodesk Nastran In-CAD: Test Drive - easy setup, simplified UI, element check feature to inspect model meshes for inconsistencies, John Evans, Design and Motion, Feb 4, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, Nastran articles)

Educational Plot Stamp Removal Issues - employ DWG convert tool to remove stamp, select files that need stamp stripped, convert them to current format to create ZIP file with new versions of DWG in AutoCAD 2015, Jarod Schultz, Feb 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

How to Use the Isometric Offset Location and Rotation Settings in AutoCAD Plant 3D - employ 'advanced iso creation options - override location' settings to set output of isometric drawings, make overrides permanent by documenting them, set them in project setup once isometric drawing is generated, Joel Harris, In the Pipes, Jan 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Setting Up Isometric Dimensions to Display Alternate Units - open project setup to select 'setup title block' for isometric style, invoke DDIM command to modify AdksIsoImperial dimension style, display alternate units before saving changes to iso.dwt template file in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Michael Gulnac, In the Pipes, Feb 3, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Glue API Versioning and Deprecated Calls - versioning allows changes in API for further enhancement, maintains backward compatibility, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Feb 3, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Computing 3D Areas of Corridor-Related Pay Items - control computation of pay item areas, assign erosion control pay item to corridor daylight link before computing erosion control blanket area in Civil 3D, Jeff Bartels, Talking Transportation, Jan 26, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Application Manager - system tray pop-up alert notifies if any update is available, click view details link to launch application manager, sort updates, select multiple updates before starting installation of update, Amanda Abbott-Wiemann, MasterGraphics, Jan 29, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Inventor Boss Command - turn on plastic tools, create work points or sketches to setup location of reference points, build head/thread side of boss before adjusting stiffening ribs, fillets, drafts, offsets, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Execute vs Execute2 of ControlDefinition - 3 ways to run existing command: Execute, Execute 2 with synchronous false, true, commands with no interactive bits returns Execute(), Execute2(True) functions at same time in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 3, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Family Size - tips to set appropriate file sizes so that it fulfils function in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Jan 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Family Instance Area and Auto-Loading a Project File - employ ExtrusionAnalyzer class to determine closed loops, apply OnStartup method to set up system, open project document when Revit has finished loading, avoid retrieving parameter by name, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo for Revit - Review Design with Room Access Requirements - set yes/no parameter to indicate if room has specific access requirements, employ Python script to extract ToRoom information for all designed phases in Revit model, BIM Toolbox, Feb 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015: User Interface Tips and Tricks - ways to customize Revit 2015 UI to increase productivity, simplify workflow, YouTube, Jan 28, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Global Variables for Feature Dimensions - employ extrude feature to create dimension with linked global variable, apply spacing, instant count parameters to form linear pattern, link offset parameter to global variable in SOLIDWORKS, Christopher Mowatt, CAPUniversity, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Editing Imported Models - tips to import different 3D file formats, apply direct editing tools to modify parts inside SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Breaking Down and Creating Subassemblies - method to dissolve subassembly, create new subassemblies from assembly environment in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Top 3 Trends for BIM in 2015 - single model collaboration, BIM consulting, Dynamo will be hot topics, Edwin Guerra, BIM Blog, Jan 12, 2015 (more AEC articles, Revit articles)

The History of Engineering Design Tools: Engineering 3.0 - 3rd phase occurred from 1985 to 2015, computers became increasingly powerful, offered new paradigm of creating, inventing, Rich Allen, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 3, 2015 (more engineering articles, CAD development articles)

Predicting Cavitation in Journal Bearings - journal bearings are typically used to support rotating shaft, considering example of dynamics of rotors on hydrodynamic bearings, Fabrice Schlegel, COMSOL Blog, Jan 30, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Expert Interview with Oleg Shilovitsky of Beyond PLM on Engineering and Manufacturing Innovations - merits, demerits of PLM software, experience with CAD workstations, manufacturing BOM dilemma, difference between mobile and social PLM, CADspeed, Feb 2, 2015 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Array of Sunshine - invoke ARRAYCLASSIC command to create multiple copies of selection in either rectangular or circular arrangement, apply ARRAY command to form selection along path in AutoCAD, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Feb 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Use More Reference Point in Your AutoCAD Block - employ MOVE command to define any point as reference, apply point parameter in block authoring palette to add invisible insertion points, set GRIPBLOCK system variable to 1 to enable grips within blocks, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Feb 3, 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Use ScriptPro to Edit Multiple Drawings in a Batch Process - create Windows text file, change extension from TXT to SCR, enter keystrokes into script key to obtain key in AutoCAD, Michael Partenheimer, Cadalyst, Feb 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing aids tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Take Control of the Corridor Section Editor UI - select view/edit options button on section editor tab to access display settings, apply adaptive feature to adjust frequency of horizontal/vertical gridlines, Bryan Sullivan, Envision CAD, Jan 30, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Add a Feature Lower in the Hierarchy - move rectangular pattern1 down below thread4 by dragging, dropping it in browser, select edit feature to add thread4 to pattern in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Feb 2, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Installation: A Simple Guide for Installing the Autodesk Software - click install button to begin installation of software, accept license agreement, select license type, enter product information, include service packs before clicking download button, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Feb 2, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Installation: Quick Guide on Uninstalling Autodesk Software - access control panel to select software to be uninstalled/changed, clean up directories, delete files in temp folder, open registry editor to save current state of registry before installing Autodesk software with firewall disabled, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Feb 2, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Dynamo and Computational BIM, Pt 1: Introduction and Resources - Dynamo is open source, visual programming tool that allows extension of parametric functionality in BIM authoring environments, Sheryl Yang, The 360 View, Feb 2, 2015 (more AEC articles, Revit articles)

Revit: Residential Door Tag 2 - Reporting Parameter Example - edit curtain wall door family, open base line view of floor plans, add dimension between reference planes, name new parameters before creating reporting parameter for height dimension, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Feb 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Revit 2015 - Adding Alternative Units to Dimensions - select existing dimension that is to be changed, pick 'edit type' in properties dialog to display type properties, choose duplicate to create new dimension family before adjusting units format, Martin Phelps, CADline, Feb 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015 - Editing Elements Interactively - press space bar to rotate element, locate any nearby non-orthogonal references as rotation candidates in Revit, John Flanagan, CADline, Feb 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Make a Company Logo for a Titleblock - create new annotation family, select families with RFT file extension, select 'category and parameters' button near end of ribbon to change category, add parameters before loading logo into Revit project, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Feb 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Phases and Phase Filters Follow Up - show proposed work together by ensuring existing, new work is together, apply 'show all phase filter' before using phase graphic overrides to control appearance of particular Revit phase, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 1, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Sketch Blocks in SOLIDWORKS - create 2 concentric circles using circle sketch tool, select both circle entities sketched, specify insertion point to form 1st block, generate 2nd block representing frame before moving blocks as single entities, Chris McAndrew, 3dEngr.com, Feb 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Managing Paper Drawings - obtain watermark variable in Vault, set drawing data card with watermark field for user visibility, check ‘defaults overwrites’ option, add transition action to set watermark, Cristian Fustos, Design Point Solutions, Feb 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Sketch Picture Scale Tool - employ sketch tools to sketch picture, move sketch picture nearest to desired origin, click, drag to move left/right endpoint of scale tool to leftmost/rightmost point, specify measurement, Rachel Diane York, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

Fasten Your Design - split model into multiple bodies to identify upper, lower housing, apply lip/groove feature to create edge, determine face, edge to be applied for groove selection, form mounting boss in SOLIDWORKS, TMS CADCentre, Feb 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Costing - new manufacturing methods, updated stock size specification, improved costing interface, template editor, YouTube, Jan 29, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS: Did You Know... - view selected while importing dimensions to SOLIDWORKS drawings influences placement, John Setzer, CADdigest.com, Feb 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Do You Have the Power? Pt 1 - calculate power supply unit's workload; if PSU is not capable enough, any high-performance CPU or GPU will not perform, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Jan 31, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

How to Compute the Acoustic Radiation Force - considering example of particle in standing wave pressure field, implementing perturbation solution method in COMSOL Multiphysics, comparing results to analytical solution, Alon Grinenko, COMSOL Blog, Jan 29, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Donny Don't - Remote Objects - creating multiple remote objects in ANSYS Mechanical, Doug Oatis, PADT Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Expert Interview with Zaia Abraham on Buying CAD Software and Hardware - PROCAD applications, ample RAM, reasonable graphic card if working in 3D a lot, shopping for professional monitor for CAD, regular maintenance needed to run CAD hardware, software optimally, CADspeed, Jan 31, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

What Does 2015 Hold for PLM? Predicting the Future is Never Easy - key technologies to target in 2015: cloud, 3D printing, Internet of Things, mobile PLM tools, James McKinney, CIMdata, Jan 7, 2015 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Expert Interview with Ian Nichols on CAD - Revit Zone website, use of BIM, advantages for engineer using CAD workstation, recommendation for buying CAD workstation for first time, challenges faced by engineers working in fields other than architecture, CADspeed, Feb 1, 2015 (more AEC articles, Revit articles)

Solid Edge - Rendering with KeyShot - YouTube, Jan 29, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials, rendering articles, KeyShot articles)

PTC's FQ1 Conference Call was a Masterpiece - despite flat revenue, PTC steers conversation towards positive news, including IoT software revenue up 99% to $8M, Americas revenue flat at $137M, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Jan 31, 2015 (more PTC articles)

Structure Explode to Miter Handrails - employ structure explode button on structure ribbon instead of AutoCAD EXPLODE command, apply miter cut member command to miter each of piece of railing in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Process Design from the Outside, Jan 29, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Field Data Extraction 101: Working with Filters - create filters in BIM 360 Field web to display subset of data in project based on search values entered, control access to issues filters, Manu Venugopal, The 360 View, Jan 30, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Managing Attachments in Vault 2015 - capture snapshots while making attachments, check process to add, detach attachments, Clinton Brown, CADline, Feb 2, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Associating Hyperlink with BlockTableRecord - code to create BlockTableRecord with hyperlink, obtain hyperlink collection from entity, form new hyperlink in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 30, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Revit 2015 and Navisworks 2015 - SwitchBack Tool - tool is used as part of design/model review process during project life cycle, employ review/clash detective tools to review model, apply suggested changes back into Revit model, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Feb 2, 2015 (more Navisworks articles, Revit tutorials)

Dispatch from Support: Controlling the Undo Command - check options for 'combine zoom and pan commands' in AutoCAD options area, access pull-down menu in quick access toolbar to undo multiple actions in Civil 3D, Louisa Holland, Civil 3D Etcetera, Jan 30, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Take Flight with Free-Form Tools in Inventor 2015 - create primitive mesh, establish size, radius of setting, form cylinder based on settings, modify meshed cylinder model before transforming cylinder to sophisticated shape, Nino Caldarola, Cadalyst, Jan 31, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using Autodesk Inventor Libraries - characteristics of library files, library folder rules, log into vault database to work on Inventor files that are stored in vault, check steps to set up library within Inventor, Procad Software Blog, Jan 30, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Receptacle Family Example - create symbolic annotation family of plan symbol, lock nested receptacle family to reference line, form type parameter in new family before adjusting side to side movement of receptacle symbol in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Jan 30, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Templates and Families are Missing - uninstall Revit Content Libraries 2015, select add/remove features, content pack of UK library, select default location of templates, families before installing content, Procad Software Blog, Jan 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

List Pipe Sizes and More Obsolete API Usage Removal - apply CmdListPipeSizes command to obtain list of all pipe sizes that is used in Revit project, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 - Toposurface Point File Issue - workaround is to reorder columns of CSV file into easting, northing, elevation in Revit, Justin Doughty, CADline, Feb 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Free-Floating FEA Models - applying equivalent pressure distributions throughout structure to achieve balance, avoiding any direct constraint boundary modeling, rigid body motion, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2015 (more FEA articles)

A Case for Simulation Governance - finite element modeling vs numerical simulation; primary goal of simulation governance is to ensure, enhance reliability of predictions based on numerical simulation, Barna Szabo, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2015 (more FEA articles)

Choosing Your 3D Printing Material: It's About More Than Strength - consider tensile strength, toughness, heat deflection temperature of materials, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Jan 30, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printed Mold Tools for Quick Turn Medical Parts - typical steps when using PolyJet for injection molding, suitable materials, advantages: quickly, cost-effectively produced molds, reduced re-work on final production mold, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Jan 30, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

New in Simulation 2015 - Flip Shell Orientation in Definition - employ 'flip shell top and bottom' option when defining shell, show correct preview, carry over orientations automatically into mesh, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Feb 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Move Face Enhancements - employ feature to set end conditions for offsets in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Editing Imported Models with FeatureWorks - use tool to obtain fully featured, native model faster in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 29, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Aras Touts Visual Collaboration for Latest Aras Innovator Release - Aras Innovator 11 has visual collaboration capabilities, viewables are accessible within context of product structure, processes, social functionality to make users comments, follow discussion threads, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Jan 31, 2015 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Grasshopper Integration Highlight of Latest Autodesk T-Splines Plug-in for Rhino - offers improved functionality, improvements to T-Splines creasing, new extrude along curve command, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 28, 2015 (more Rhino articles, Autodesk articles)

Using Perfectly Matched Layers and Scattering Boundary Conditions for Wave Electromagnetics Problems - truncating domains in COMSOL Multiphysics, discuss relative merits of 2 methods, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Jan 28, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Distributed Design is No Longer a Dream: Why CAD Must Evolve to Support It - teams have become highly fragmented, global, members change all the time; Onshape is cloud-based 3D CAD system with built-in version control, collaboration, Jon Hirschtick, Onshape, Jan 28, 2015 (more Onshape articles, CAD development articles)

Simulation Helps Look Into the Flames - CONVERGE CFD software has chemistry flame propagation model that estimates flame propagation using detailed chemistry in sensible timeframe, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Interview with Jeff Walker - Director of Solid Edge Products - role at company, favorite features in recent releases, interacting with Solid Edge community, feedback from users, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Jan 28, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

HOK's Fifth Annual BIM Awards - LG Science Park in Korea was winning project in conceptual design category; Vaikunth Residential development in India was winning project in delivery category, Washington University Medical Center renewal project won in collaboration category, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Jan 29, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Product Review: MWF - Metal Wood Framer - ease of modeling completely framed buildings, capability to produce shop drawings, information can be exported to CNC machines, other databases for fabrication, but fully modeling metal or wood framed walls overall file size by 20-30%, standalone license costs $5985 plus subscription cost of $1175, Joshua Geimecke, AUGI Library, Jan 30, 2015 (more AEC articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks, Pt 4: More on Points - change Phone_Board block to remove 'alignment' parameter, add additional insertion points, Walt Sparling, FunctionSense, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

2 Undocumented Functions - apply CopyFile function to copy binary contents of file in filestore, GetContentSourcePropertyDefinitions function to obtain list of property names contained within file in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Jan 30, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Driving a Request for Information (RFI) Workflow Through BIM 360 Field - set up field custom property called RFI, perform workflows for QA/QC while handling flagging issues, employ BIM360 Field's webservices to extract issues that are potential RFI, Manu Venugopal, The 360 View, Jan 28, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Setting Up for A360 Collaboration for Revit - subscribe A360 collaboration for Revit, add users, create 360 team hub before generating project, inviting team members, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Jan 29, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Using WblockCloneObjects Copied ModelSpace Entities Disappear in the Current Drawing - set destination document as current document to use TransactionManager.QueueForGraphicsFlush(), lock/unlock document appropriately in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 30, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Drape Roads with InfraWorks - drape feature command to conform road to terrain, un-drape road by simply dragging one of its elevation gizmos, Eric Chappell, BIM on the Rocks, Jan 30, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Limiting Joint Movement in Autodesk Inventor - apply rotational, slider or cylindrical joint limits to improve quality, accuracy of models, represent parts with realistic movements, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, Jan 28, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Get Outer Profile Loop in Sketch - tips to find outermost profile loop in sketch to create temporary profile from all sketch entities in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 30, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

3 Benefits of Using Revit View Filters - create filter to include different type of objects, override appearance of interior, filter objects by parameters, apply filters in graphic overrides to gain more control, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Jan 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

AC Quirkiness, Pt 3 - Adaptive Component Visibility Setting - click visibility/graphic overrides or select geometry before choosing visibility to open visibility settings in Revit, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Jan 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Worksets in the Landscape - employ 1 main workset for most model work, check ways in which project team members use worksets before applying them to landscape in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Get the Available Parameters Used in ScheduleFilter for a Specific Category? - apply TableView.GetAvailableParameters method to obtain parameters that can be scheduled for specific category in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Jan 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Advanced Sweep Feature Techniques in SOLIDWORKS - follow path vs keep normal constant, application of guide curve to control sweep in SOLIDWORKS, Vince Farrell, HRS Blog, Jan 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tutorial: How to Use Rigid and Flexible Assemblies - top level assembly consists of part, assembly document, assembly file contains linkage mechanism at subassembly level, move subassembly within context of top-level assembly for checking motion of subassemblies in designs, Chris McAndrew, 3dEngr.com, Jan 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Optimize Your SOLIDWORKS Training After the Class is Complete - discusses Home Use License (HUL) that allows installing SOLIDWORKS at home on top of another license at work, Rodney Harper, Fisher/Unitech, Jan 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Separate Weldment Profile Standard Folder Names - employ unique standard names in each directory to avoid conflict, missing profiles in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Jan 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Black Boxes in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - assign component information to black box based on connection points, or other properties that need to be assigned by using existing manufactured components in SOLIDWORKS Electrical schematics, Olly Smith, Solid Solutions, Jan 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 7 - Hem Feature - curl edges to explore different options within hem feature in SOLIDWORKS, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

DeflateGate 2015: Tom Brady's Case in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - studying effect of environment in controversial pressure drop of 2 psi in football measured at halftime of AFC Championship game, Damon Tordini, HRS Blog, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Lenovo ThinkStation P500 - enviable CAD workstation has Intel Xeon E5-1630 v3 processor, NVIDIA Quadro K4200 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, excellent serviceability, impressive expandability, customization, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 20, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

PTC Introduces PTC PLM Cloud for SMB Market - based on PTC Windchill, PTC cloud offering eliminates risky SMB practice of shared folders, file naming conventions, will be available March 2015 in Standard, Premium, Enterprise packages, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Jan 29, 2015 (more PTC articles, cloud articles)

BIM and Geospatial, Together at Last - buildingSMART International is developing IFC for Infrastructure Project that involves Open Geospatial Consortium, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Jan 2015 (more AEC articles, CAD industry articles)

Review of Handheld Scanners from FARO, DotProduct, and More - detailed summary of technical features, applications of FARO's Freestyle scanner, Mantis Vision's F5 scanner, EVA, Spider scanners by Artec, DotProduct's DPI-7 scanner, Eugene Liscio, SPAR Point Group, Jan 2015 (more 3D scanners reviews)

The History of Engineering Design Tools: Engineering 2.0 - reflection of tools used during Engineering 2.0 era, which occurred from 1970 to 1995, this phase took advantage of computer age, Rich Allen, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 28, 2015 (more engineering articles, CAD development articles)

Why We Started From Scratch (Again) in the CAD Business - design, computing world has changed, obligation to customers, nobody else is meeting challenge, make CAD fun again, Jon Hirschtick, Onshape, Jan 7, 2015 (more Onshape articles, CAD development articles)

CAM Consolidation 2015: The Circle Continues to Get Smaller - Cimatron acquired GibbsCAM in 2008, Autodesk acquired Delcam in 2014, metrology powerhouse Hexagon AB bought UK-based CAD/CAM developer Vero Software in 2014, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Jan 29, 2015 (more CAM articles)

Autodesk Nastran In-CAD: Interface and Features - UI is divided between Nastran In-CAD tab, browser, list of analyses that can be run by Nastran solver, John Evans, Design and Motion, Jan 30, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, Nastran articles)

Suppress Constraints with Similar Name - use regular expressions to get ending number in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 29, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Lessons from a Simple Task - Using the Pause Command in a Batch File - Autodesk Vault tutorial, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 29, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Expert Interview with Tony Glockler of Solid Professor on Continual Software Education - talk about starting SolidProfessor company, need of re-certification, importance of organization, workflow for productivity, CADspeed, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Expert Interview with Jeff Mirisola of Jeff’s Tool Shed on Seeing the Big Picture - meeting goals for blog, getting involved with SOLIDWORKS community, SOLIDWORKS vs other 3D CAD software, advantages of using CAD workstation, CADspeed, Jan 29, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

ZWCAD Deepens Cooperation with ZSP nr 4 in Krosno - easy-to-use functionalities, intuitive interface of ZWCAD+, ZWCAD Mechanical make teaching, learning easier for teachers, students at ZSP nr 4, specialized school in gas, drilling industry, CADdigest.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more ZWCAD articles)

CAD Management Predictions for 2015 - BIM penetrates rest of AEC world, cloud hype goes away, hardware technology is stable, even less expensive, software upgrades are put on hold, file security makes a comeback, process takes on new importance, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 28, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

Get Organized with Total Folder Monitor - automate task of cleaning out garbage, organizing folders, converting files, set up desired parameters, Total Folder Monitor runs, keeps constant tabs on target folders, specified tasks, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 28, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

PTC Paints a Mixed Picture for FQ1 - flat revenue of $325 million, subscriptions represented 19% of 'license & subscription' solutions, software revenues from CAD, extended PLM lines were both down 13% from last year's FQ1, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Jan 28, 2015 (more PTC articles)

The History of Engineering Design Tools: Engineering 1.0 - reflection of earliest stage tools used during Engineering 1.0 era, which occurred from 1760 to 1970, Rich Allen, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 20, 2015 (more engineering articles, CAD development articles)

Retrieving Global Name of DIMLDRBLK in Localized Versions of AutoCAD - Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Reset UCS to World for Multiple Drawings - reset UCS to World for large number of drawings by batch processing drawings from folder using AccoreConsole.exe, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD UCS tutorials)

Use Switchback to View Navisworks Files in AutoCAD or Revit - Switchback feature in Navisworks to quickly view project in AutoCAD or Revit within comprehensive workflow, Brian Meyers, YouTube, Jan 28, 2015 (more Navisworks articles)

Working with Multiple Level Terminals - AutoCAD Electrical - workflow for associating terminal levels between symbols, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, Jan 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Customizing the Marking Menu in AutoCAD Electrical - type name of command into command search bar of CUI window, drag command from search results up into menu, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, Jan 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Updating Multi Value Parameter List options, and Ensuring Parameter Value is a Listed Value - Inventor tutorial, Graham Harrison, The Design Automation Blog, Jan 21, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

UserForm Function Not Listed in Macros Dialog - to call function of UserForm, create function in module which will create instance of UserForm, through that form's properties can be accessed in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 28, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Q&A with Gian Paolo Bassi, New SOLIDWORKS CEO - convergence of mobile, cloud technologies that SOLIDWORKS customers are facing, revival of entrepreneurial spirit brought on by crowd-funding sites, on-demand technologies, desire to expand beyond mechanical CAD territory, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Large Rotations - Why Do My Parts Swell Up as They Spin? - root cause might be assumption that models undergo linear strain, deflections are small, getting accurate numbers, animations, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Map Materials in SolidWorks 2015 - working with built-in options for mapping materials, Matt Perez, YouTube, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Partner Pavilion Preview - look for GibbsCAM 2015 with UKM technology, visit OPEN MIND Technologies for fascinating hardware samples, C&G Systems for CG CAM-TOOL, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

3 Must See Products at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - MakerBot 3D print zone, parrot drones, Normandy Guitars, Jeremy Regnerus, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Simulation-Led Strategy for Corrosion Prevention - Naval Research Laboratory uses COMSOL Multiphysics to study microstructural formation of corrosion in metals, which involves electrochemical, mass transport analysis, Jennifer Segui, CADdigest.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles, engineering analysis articles)

Distributed Offshore Engineering Teams Benefit from Extended Information Mobility Facilitated by SACS V5.7 - Bentley's offshore product line includes MOSES, SACS software, capabilities enable collaborative workflows among offshore structural engineering, naval architecture teams, CADdigest.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more engineering articles)

ZWCAD+ Recommended by FME and Crucial Tech - Crucial Tech selected ZWCAD+ for DWG compatibility, functionality, ZWCAD+ convinced FME with specialty, great service, CADdigest.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more ZWCAD articles)

AECCafe Voice Techno-Predictions for 2015 - there will be more blending of technologies like reality capture, UAVs, scanning, data management, data acquisition as service, cloud computing, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Jan 27, 2015 (more AEC articles, CAD industry articles)

Integrated CAD/CAM: Truly Art to Part - integrated CAM solutions offer consistent, familiar work flow with more powerful CAD tools, streamline implementation of PDM best practice, James Anderton, ENGINEERING.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more CAM articles)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Dynamic Blocks, Pt 2 - open block authoring palette to apply parameters, actions, set linear parameters to set up block to allow stretching of width, depth, apply stretch frame to define parameters, grips, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Jan 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Crete Complex Filters with AutoCAD Object Selection Filters - invoke FILTER command, select layer from select filter drop down menu, add criteria to filter box before saving object filters in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2015 - Clever Blocks Using Northing and Easting Model Space Set Up, Pt 1 - employ point tool to add points into foundation block when creating named views, custom UCS systems in AutoCAD, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Jan 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015 - Clever Blocks Using Northing and Easting Model Space Set Up, Pt 2 - set up 3 named views, custom UCS systems to allow create exact northing, easting model space systems in AutoCAD, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Jan 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Rule Fillet Command - employ command to easily select toughest selection sets, apply rules for adjoining features, free edges, incident edges, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Create New Saved Viewpoint in Javascript - create copy of current view, new object with type InwOpView, attach anonymous viewpoint to new view before adding new view to saved viewpoints collection in Navisworks, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, Jan 27, 2015 (more Navisworks articles)

Enable PDF Takeoff’s with Autodesk Navisworks - employ Navisworks 2015 PDF reader to add 2D PDF sheets to Navisworks project, control visual fidelity through 'resolution(DPI)' setting located in options editor, Alice Craig, Hagerman & Company Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more Navisworks articles

First Look: ANSYS 16 Offers Major Advancements Across its Entire Simulation Portfolio - ability to prepare designs for Internet of Things through simulation work, ability to create 3D components, integrate them into larger electronic assemblies, new adjoint designer tool to perform multi-objective shape optimization, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 27, 2015 (more ANSYS reviews)

Which Multiphase Flow Interface Should I Use? - overview of applications, multiphase flow interfaces in COMSOL Multiphysics, interface tracking vs disperse methods, Fabrice Schlegel, COMSOL Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Simulation Software Keeps It Simple for Design Engineers - 'SimulationForDesign' platform has streamlined interface, free access to main tutorials, offers simplified pre-processing for non-simulation experts, guileless solver, post-processing for beginners, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Bolt Connector - define bolt by selecting entities of same component, employ beam element to represent bolt shank, apply rigid bar elements to connect beam to flanges, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Jan 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SolidNetWork Licensing - Why Don't I Have a Free License? - difference in SOLIDWORKS Standard/Professional/Premium version depends on availability of add-ins, apply SNL license to insert appropriate license from add-ins, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Why Don't I Have Thumbnail Previews? - visit tools menu to show thumbnail graphics in Windows Explorer, check for visibility of thumbnails, if not visible restore file associations in SOLIDWORKS, Rachel Diane York, Fisher/Unitech, Jan 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating a Wave Spring in SOLIDWORKS - tips to create complete sweep using 3D equation driven curve as path sketch for sweep, Solid Professor Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Mc4Software OEMs ARES - Mc4 needs CAD engine for their HVAC application but Autodesk terminated their agreement; MC4 scrambled but was able to OEM version of ARES in just 3 months, Giuseppe Cozzupoli, CADdigest.com, Jan 26, 2015 (more ARES articles, CAD development articles)

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Pt 3: Layer Combinations - try to look at layers from layer combination point of view, never use custom layer combination for layers in saved view, try to have only one layer combination for each type of drawing, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Jan 26, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Illuminate a Bentley MicroStation V8i Model with Area Lighting  - creating basic model, Peter Mann, YouTube, Jan 26, 2015 (more MicroStation tutorials)

How to Perform a 3D Analysis of a Semiconductor Device - setting up 3D semiconductor model of bipolar transistor device in COMSOL Multiphysics, ensuring that doping profiles are resolved, creating effective mesh, Matt Pooley, COMSOL Blog, Jan 26, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Solid Edge Screen Capture - 'save as' option saves graphics window as image to create screen capture, recent option lets screen capture video in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Jan 26, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

Sharing CAD Files Across Systems Remains a Pain Point - 5 most annoying things in CAD: getting 3D data from one CAD app to another, creating physical simulations of working parts, assemblies, sharing files with collaborators, making late-stage changes, sharing files with clients, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Jan 26, 2015 (more CAD translation articles)

AVEVA Sees Challenges in Oil & Gas, Growth in Power Vertical - 'Engineering & Design Systems' division that accounts for roughly 90% of AVEVA revenue, is operating to expectations, rental renewals are at similar levels to last year, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Jan 26, 2015 (more PLM articles)

Realizing the Potential of 3D Printing - quality of 3D printers is increasing, remarkable achievements: 3D printed human liver tissues, 3D printing in space, 3D printed cars, houses, clothing, CADspeed, Jan 23, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks, Pt 3: Points and Alignment - visit parameters menu to apply points with stretch, move actions, employ alignment parameter to align objects within dynamic blocks in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FunctionSense, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Are You an AutoCAD Offset Wizard? - understanding various features of offset command in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Jan 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Do More Than Calculations with QuickCalc Calculator of AutoCAD - apply calculator to measure length of line, find angle of line, coordinates of point, convert units of length, angle, area, volume in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Jan 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Staying on Track - apply object snap/polar tracking to draw quickly, set POLAR, ORTHO, OSNAP, OTRACK toggles in status bar to allow tracking in AutoCAD environment, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Jan 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Using Environment Variables Inside AutoCAD File Path Options - apply environment variables in varied places in file path settings that is accessed via AutoCAD's OPTIONS command, add application's folder to TRUSTEDPATHS system variable to avoid secure load dialog warning, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Sharing Your Custom Content Centre Library - set correct project, configure content center libraries, locate available libraries to export, open library transfer guide before entering Vault credentials to transfer libraries to existing libraries in Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, Jan 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Vault Professional 2015 - Install Buzzsaw Project Sync - run client installer on PC, click on 'install tools and utilities,' select to install Buzzsaw Project Sync, visit actions tab to apply project sync settings, David Gate, CADline, Jan 27, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Revit Floor/Slab Edge - fix view range depending on location of elements on elevation, select one wall, override graphics in view before selecting 'by category' to change projection lines, surface transparency, cut line values, Jarod Schultz, Jan 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Isolating Elements of a Given System - create filter, assign filter to active view before setting visibility to false for this filter in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2015 - Symmetry - create configuration that includes single instance of geometry along with sketch, create manual solid mesh, specify appropriate mesh condition for model before selecting tetrahedral mesh type, set symmetrical runner option, Silvio Perez, HRS Blog, Jan 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Add a Revision Table in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - tips to include functional revision table, corresponding symbols to SOLIDWORKS project, YouTube, Jan 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 6 - Close Corners - employ feature to close 4 corners of sheet metal box in SOLIDWORKS, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

We Configured a Powerhouse Workstation from BOXX for Multi-CAD and Rendering - APEXX 4 Model 7901 with dual Xeon E5-2687W v3 processors is best mix of frequency, NVIDIA Quadro K2200 handles almost all requirements of CAD software, at least 16-32 GB of RAM is recommended, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Jan 23, 2015 (more BOXX workstation articles)

G-Wizard Calculator University: Spindle Power Curves - set up spindle power curves that are based on rpms or that compensate light machines for rigidity, Bob Warfield, YouTube, Jan 20, 2015 (more CAM articles)

How to Transform Old CAD-PDM Integration Paradigms - cloud, mobile collaboration will change CAD/PDM integration paradigm in future, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Jan 15, 2015 (more PDM articles)

Expert Interview with Mark Kiker of CADD Manager on Best Practices for CAD Managers - role of CAD Manager, future of making things, pros, cons of cloud-centric software, differences between problems, concerns, issues regarding CAD software, CADspeed, Jan 23, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

Model-Based Enterprise Summit 2014 - 2 main benefits of MBD, effectiveness of MBD for collaborative communication, consider example of creating digital technical package for CNC profile operator, Denis Morais, Waveform, Jan 20, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

Publishing Sheets Using the SSM in Autodesk AutoCAD - create .dsd file within publish dialog box,  then just load that up, print using that file, Sam Lucido, CADproTips, Jan 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD sheet sets tutorials)

Smart Parametric Dimensioning Using Formulas in AutoCAD - visit parametric ribbon, dimensional panel, select diameter, aligned constraints to apply dimensional constraints to rectangle, circle before adding new listing user parameters in palette, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Jan 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

AutoCAD Tip: Increase XLIST Dialog Box Width - edit XLIST.DCL file, increase column width to view full layer name if combined length of drawing, layer name exceeds 31 characters, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Jan 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Reporting for Civil 3D Duty - open edit report settings dialog, click expand trees icon, customize name, capitalization before adjusting coordinate, elevation, linear, angular, station settings in Civil 3D, Scott Hacker, Hagerman & Company Blog, Jan 22, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Reading Network Part Description - obtain parts list of network, get information for each size, check if name matches before returning part family name in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Jan 23, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Shimming Your Knowledge- Changing Dimension Display in Autodesk Inventor - expand dimension display menu, apply value, name, expression, tolerance, precise value options to show dimensions in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 23, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Add External iLogic Rule to Event Trigger - create template/seed document by hand that has event triggers setup, copy settings into other documents in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 23, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Check Assembly Interference - employ utility to achieve files, folder structure, copy complete set of files to another location while retaining links of copied reference files, Chris Turner, CADline, Jan 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Fixing Overridden Dimensions - select all overridden dimensions on current drawing sheet, hit delete to delete all overridden dimensions in Inventor, Clinton Brown, CADline, Jan 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit: How to Get Shared Parameters from Project to Family - visit extensions tab to select shared/project parameters, set location of file, configure parameters to be copied into families, pick run from shared parameter converter dialog box to update families, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Sifting Through Unreferenced View Tags in Revit, Pt 2 - visit manage settings to select type of temporary tag to be created, replace reference labels with text, save family with new name before using them in drawings, Sash Kazeminejad, Ideate, Jan 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Getting the Wall Elevation Profile - employ ExporterIFCUtils.SortCurveLoops method to sort outer, inner loops, modify underlying geometry curves first before creating model lines from them in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Fatigue Curves in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - characteristics of S-N curve, ways to get it, entering S-N curve information into SOLIDWORKS, Brandon Donnelly, CADdigest.com, Jan 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Basics of the Sweep Feature in SOLIDWORKS - employ minimum of 2 separate entities to control shape, ensure if path intersect plane of profile, apply pierce relation to allow point pierce axis, edge or curve in another sketch, Vince Farrell, HRS Blog, Jan 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Weldment Mitered Corners for Three Members - click on node in corner to edit structural member feature, change trim order to 2 to change corner to miter all 3 members in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Jan 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 5 - Patterning and Mirroring - pattern, mirror features in SOLIDWORKS sheet metal part, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Assembly Layout Sketch - use layout sketch in assembly to control placement of equipment in shop, YouTube, Jan 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

UrbaWind and UrbaSun, Innovative Software for Smart and Digital Urban Areas - CFD software for wind flow, energy, solar radiation fluxes, energy computation, generates digital maps used to achieve sustainable city planning, eco-districts, green building construction projects, CADdigest.com, Jan 22, 2015 (more CFD articles, AEC articles)

MapleSim Does Calculations at ABB Crane Systems - ABB Crane Systems, supplier of automation electrical systems for container handling and bulk handling cranes, including ship to shore cranes, used MapleSim to suppress swing motion, CADdigest.com, Jan 22, 2015 (more Maple articles)

solidThinking Inspire 2014 - intuitive UI, excellent new solver technology, new sketch plane features, reliable Boolean tools, but impossible to work on 2 problems at once in discreet workspaces, price starts from $7995, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Jan 22, 2015 (more solidThinking reviews)

Internet of Things: What It Means for Designers and Their Companies - interview with Brian Thompson of PTC, Diego Tamburini of Autodesk about how IoT trend affect designers, engineers create products, will CAD/CAM/CAE tools, technologies change, how do designers prepare for IoT future, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Jan 22, 2015 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

Cloaking Advancements for Flexural Waves in Elastic Plates - invisibility cloak is created by applying specific combination of pre-stress, body forces to metamaterial plate in COMSOL Multiphysics, Fanny Littmarck, COMSOL Blog, Jan 22, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Interview with Dick Gebhard, Father of Resilient Modeling Strategy - talk about sequel: Resilient Assembly Strategy, allows to remove parent-child relationships, 'morph' models replacing multi-body parts, handling products that rely on their 'skin' for appearance, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Jan 22, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

Make a 3D Speaker in AutoCAD - using solid, surfacing tools: LOFT, TORUS, SPHERE, SLICE, PRESSPULL, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Jan 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD 3D modeling tutorials)

Yet Another Way to Go from 3D to 2D in AutoCAD - create SectionPlane family of commands to produce 2D drawing, cross-section views, invoke ViewBase commands to generate 2D views from 3D models, Bill Fane, Cadalyst, Jan 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

How to Add Classic Workspace in AutoCAD 2015 - employ quick action toolbar to customize AutoCAD drawing area in classic look alike view, open drafting, annotation workspace in previous version to import workspace of AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Two Commands in One Mouse Button - define time-sensitive right click settings in options dialogue, activate option to select among quick or longer click, else pick default, edit, or command mode settings in AutoCAD, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Jan 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Create Your Own AutoCAD Shortcut Keys - type CUI in command line, create keyboard shortcut by placing command in keyboard shortcut list before assigning shortcut to command, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Jan 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Entity Selection to Modify Properties - employ CommandFlags.Redraw to ensure that AutoCAD highlights selected entities before modifying common properties in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Civil 3D Cogo Points: Sub-Item Grips - create point, set label style to 'Point#-Elevation-Description,' select point, hover cursor over square grip before selecting toggle sub item grips to grab each individual point label component in Civil 3D, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Jan 22, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Attach Content Center to Vault 2015 Through the ADMS Console - extract ANSI libraries, copy them into location with other libraries for Vault, attach libraries until all libraries are loaded into Vault, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 22, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Power in a Mid-Year Extension - exploring new features in Vault 2015 R2, manually adjusting revision level, automatic revision bumping, Mike Thomas, AUGI Library, Jan 22, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Keep Your Interop Up to Date - Interop describes all of objects, functions in Inventor API, converts .Net API call into native COM call, Brian Ekins, Mod the Machine, Jan 22, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 iLogic - Accurately Position Drawing Views - code to set lower left corner position of drawing view 1, drawing view 2 on sheet 1 in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, Jan 23, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Component Occurrence Cannot be Renamed - remove kNonShapeEditCmdType flag from DisabledCommandTypes property of assembly document to rename document, occurrences in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 22, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

HighlightSet Does Not Work - declare variable globally to prevent it from running out of scope in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 21, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Site Analysis with Detail Components - create 2D view-specific elements using 2 options: generic annotation/symbol, detail component, apply shape handles of detail components to allow easy re-sizing of elements in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 22, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo - Spanish Roof Tile Generator - filter surfaces, find perimeter curves of each surface, locate valley, mountain vertex from polycurve, hips, valley curves before placing families in proper location, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Jan 22, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 3 - Edge Flange - tips to apply gauge table, change length, radius, angle of edge flange in SOLIDWORKS, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 4 - Cut - method to form extruded cut in sheet metal part, apply normal cut, link to thickness features in SOLIDWORKS 2015, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Common Errors and Troubleshooting Tips - incorrect restraint application, tips to stabilize model, global contact, deal with mesh errors, check plot for result precision, Shivani Patel, YouTube, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Material Madness: Provide Libraries for Customers and Suppliers - create new materials library through material management window, Cody Pendzich, CADdigest.com, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Mingfeng Packaging Upgrades Luxury Packaging Design with ZW3D - flexible solid-surface hybrid modeling technology of ZW3D helps designers obtain free interoperation between solid, surface modeling, optimize 2D design efficiency, CADdigest.com, Jan 20, 2015 (more ZWCAD articles)

Special Feature: The State of the Union on Mac CAD - update on state of progress on Mac CAD industries, latest developments in new software products for industry, future of Mac CAD hardware, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Jan 21, 2015 (more Mac articles)

Review: HP Z640 Workstation - Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 CPU, 64GB DDR4 memory, NVIDIA Quadro K4200 graphics card, offers solid, well-built chassis, great customization, processing power to handle demanding design visualization or simulation workflows, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 20, 2015 (more HP workstation reviews)

How to Create ANSYS Workbench Parameters and Named Selections with NX - go to ANSYS tab, click on 'NS manager' in NX-ANSYS ribbon, select entities to name, enter name, press OK, new named selection is added to 'ANSYS named selection manager' in NX, Simon Pereira, ANSYS, Jan 21, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Improving the Power of Optical Systems via Component Design - adaptive optics: removing unwanted effects of optical medium, modeling adaptive optics systems with COMSOL Multiphysics, Nikola Strah, COMSOL Blog, Jan 21, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Interview with John Miller, Senior VP of Mainstream Engineering - background, role at company, making business easy with 3rd-party developers, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Jan 20, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

Architectural Patterns - Utilizing 3D Visualization - architectural 3D modeling solutions are used for 3D exterior, interior modeling, help customers visual image of finished project with use of smaller scale, Learn AutoCAD, Jan 21, 2015 (more AEC articles)

ArchiCAD Basics: Align and Distribute - Jared Banks, Shoegnome, Jan 21, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD Save (Three Different Ones) - employ QSAVE, SAVEAS, SAVE commands in AutoCAD to save drawing with current file name, continue using saved drawing with new name, save drawing with new name while continuing with old name, Scott Wilcox, Between the Lines, Jan 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Basic Dimensioning in AutoCAD - understanding dimensioning tools like linear, aligned, radius, diameter, angular, baseline in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Basics of 3D Co-Ordinates in AutoCAD - align UCS to view, object, face, show/hide UCS, change origin of UCS, work on different planes in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Getting Tool Palettes Organized, Pt 1 - access hidden system variables in AutoCAD by adding add *_ before command, employ ToolPalettePath command to switch between numerous versions of ToolPalettes, invoke DIESEL command to switch tool palettes, Justin Ralston, C3dXtreme, Jan 18, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Civil 3D 2015 - Convert Free Curve - visit profile layout, select convert free curve option to avoid disappearance of vertical curves when opening saved drawing in earlier version of Civil 3D, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Jan 22, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Tracking Entity Handles Through BEDIT - open new drawing in AutoCAD, run StartTracking command, apply BEDIT to newly created 'test' block, check messages in command line to track entity handles, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating Hard-Surfaces in 3ds Max - create hard surface modeling to establish base meshes, define meshes, suggest details to pieces, apply TurboSmooth trick to work without too many edge loops, make ammo belt before adding lighting, textures, Victoria Passariello, 3DTotal, Jan 20, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Mind Those Reference Planes - open family, select center reference plane, set it to 'not a reference,' set other center reference plane in same way before loading them back to Revit project, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Jan 21, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Bridging the Gulf - employ instance visibility parameters to select shutter position, switch off glass in left/right views to avoid appearance of thick black line, adjust section boxes in Revit family editor, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Jan 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Make a Snowflake in SOLIDWORKS in Ten Easy Steps - for simple — not unique — snowflake, create one half of 'branch,' extrude, mirror, then create circular pattern, John Setzer, CADdigest.com, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

My.SOLIDWORKS: Features & Hidden Benefits - highlights: buzz, training, drive, manufacturing network, support, my VAR, browse to my.solidworks.com, click 'join' at top right corner, Crystal Yazvac, CAPUniversity, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Cables with the SWE Dynamic Connector Tool - download/build 3D part, create manufacturing part in database, apply component wizard to define part electrically, invoke insert connector command to create schematic connections before placing connector parts inside SOLIDWORKS modeling space, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM - System Tray Icon 'Blueberry' Visibility - obtain EPDM Vault access by automatic/on-demand login, click triangle in taskbar to access hidden icons, select customize to change behavior of each icon, hover cursor over ‘Blueberry’ icon to view tooltip name, Jim Krivoshein, InFlow Technology, Jan 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 1: Base Flange - invoke base flange command to add base flange in SOLIDWORKS, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 2: Bend Tables - tips to specify bend allowance or bend deduction values for sheet metal part in SOLIDWORKS bend table, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Design Library Features - creating design library feature to increase design automation when working with weldments in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Linear Patterns - comes with 2 modes: spacing, instances mode that allows adjust spacing between instances, total number of instances in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SL RASCH Collaborates with ESI to Achieve Architectural Excellence in Mecca and Medina - shading umbrellas protect faithful at Mecca but flexible, lightweight surfaces presented challenge to analysts seeking to predict survivability in high wind conditions; ESI software used for fluid-structural interaction; ESI CFD was also used to analyze effect of wind on hands of a clock on world's second tallest building, CADdigest.com, Jan 20, 2015 (more CFD articles)

EPC and AE Firms Cite Significant Project Delivery Improvements Resulting in Lower Costs - Bentley products, their inter-platform exchange capabilities help improve design quality, reducing design errors, providing better plans to minimize risk, resulting in high-performance project delivery, CADdigest.com, Jan 15, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Establish a Pattern of Learning - focus on strengths, have general knowledge of main programs being utilized as whole, gain wisdom, develop network of talent, attend conferences with colleagues, teach others, David Barker, AUGI Library, Jan 20, 2015 (more CAD training articles)

What's with Them? - most talked about companies, products in design/engineering software in 2014, how they will be trending in 2015, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Dec 29, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Lab 4: Glue API Web Intro JS - tips to select element in viewer, obtain property using Glue API, The 360 View, Jan 20, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Measuring Area Using Hatch Command in AutoCAD - advantages of HATCH tool over AREA command that is used to calculate areas in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

Counting Objects in AutoCAD - apply QUICK SELECT tool to count or select objects based upon specific criteria assigned to it, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 Error: acewstr.dll Module Not Found or the Driver AceRedist is Missing - repair or uninstall Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010, reinstall it before restarting computer, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Export High Resolution Images - visit file menu, image export option to export file in image file format, adjust bitmap settings of image export to improve quality, David Gate, CADline, Jan 21, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Icon of Newly Created Sketch Constraint Stays Visible - create new constraints in sketch, allow visibility of constraints' symbol in UI, call Document.Update to make constraint icons disappear in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 20, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copy/Monitor Realities - MEP Interior Elevations - copy/monitor both walls that are required to constrain elevation, create interior elevation once walls are in place, delete walls, ceilings that were copy/monitored in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Jan 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Get Mirrored Result After Calling ElementTransformUtils.MirrorElement - run Application.DocumentChanged event to obtain mirrored element(s) directly in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Jan 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Detail Components in the Landscape - employ keynote parameter of components to tag element based on predefined keynote database, opt among in typical, in section, in families, in plan ways to detail components in Revit landscape, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Material API Workarounds - create families containing pre-setup materials, load families into project through API before deleting them, Chris Price, Revit Rants, Jan 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo - Vertex Separator - join curves to polycurve before exploding to each curves, reorganize order, directions of curves to avoid errors, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Jan 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Equipotential Conflict - SOLIDWORKS Electrical Design Rule Checks, Pt 2 - enable symbol, generate report to activate equipotential conflict DRC, check Equipotentialconflict_Metric checkbox to scan schematics for any wires, display symbol on wires, generate table report in document list, Joe McDiarmid, HRS Blog, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Why Conic Fillets Rock - compares standard with conic fillet, advantages of using conic fillet for creating great blends in SOLIDWORKS, Jay Pinheiro, Fisher/Unitech, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Productivity Tips - employ OCR tool to capture dimensions, select multiple characteristics from bill of characteristics table to specify property for entire selection, duplicate balloons without capturing another dimension, Jean-Pierre Chalhoub, Javelin Technologies, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Find Venting Issues Earlier with SOLIDWORKS Plastics - go to fill setting, select venting analysis button to turn on analysis, run flow to check areas of high pressure in SOLIDWORKS Plastics, Steven Schaeffer, CADD Edge, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Is Your SOLIDWORKS Inspection OCR Language Lost in Translation - start inspection project, visit options dialog box to access inspection options, select appropriate language under notes selection in imaging/OCR, project options, Scott Lidgey, Javelin Technologies, Jan 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Customizing the Context Sensitive Toolbars in SOLIDWORKS - employ context sensitive toolbar to avoid unnecessary mouse travel, customize toolbar by adding new commands in SOLIDWORKS, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Sheet Metal Cone Pattern Cut - convert solid cone into sheet metal, pattern cut feature along curve driven pattern in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Q&A: Jade Crompton's New Approach to 3D Printing - making ceramics more artistic with SOLIDWORKS, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Q&A: Jade Crompton’s New Approach to 3D Printing, Pt 2 - perspectives on future of 3D printing, boosting creative energy, advice for pursuing design work, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

About Fusion 360 - interview with Kevin Schneider of Autodesk about Fusion 360 vs Inventor, Mac, Windows versions, pricing scheme, FEA, CAM programs compatibility with Fusion 360, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Jan 14, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

New Technology in the Construction Industry: The 10 Best Innovations of 2014 - vehicle-mounted HDS scanning system: Pegasus Two, drone surveying, 3D concrete printing, smart highways, kinetic roads, solar roads, Project Tango, Curt Moreno, CADdigest.com, Jan 14, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Help Clients Visualize Outdoor Living Spaces with the DeckWorks 2.0 Plug-In for Vectorworks Software - plug-in provides all symbols, colors, textures, objects, steel deck framing, aluminum railing systems, for designing outdoor living space using Trex product line, Christina Speiden, CADdigest.com, Jan 14, 2015 (more Vectorworks articles, AEC articles)

Thermal Submodeling in ANSYS Workbench Mechanical 15.0 - obtain more accurate results in small, detailed portion of large model without having to build incredibly refined, detailed finite element model of complete system, Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Jan 16, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Expert Interview with Scott Sweeney on Reusing CAD Models - talk about Kubotek 3D products, customers' biggest complaints, monitors useful for CAD designers, frequency to update CAD workstations, CADspeed, Jan 19, 2015 (more KeyCreator articles)

Where Did the Coordinate Readout in the AutoCAD Status Bar Go? - click customize button, select coordinates from customize menu to add coordinate readout to far right side of status bar, Donnie Gladfelter, CAD Geek, Jan 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Modifying the Contents of an AutoCAD Xref Using .NET - understanding working of CRX, CHX commands to modify external reference, load linetype before applying that to all circles in its modelspace, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Do's and Don'ts with Orthographic Views - take care of moving/editing geometry, unlocking, scaling viewports, changing layers of objects that can break views, adjust linetype or LTSCALE, modify annotations to produce error-free orthographic views in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Quentin Contreras, In the Pipes, Jan 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Autodesk Inventor Grill Command - invoke command to create openings in parts normally found in plastic part design applications instead of using iPunchs, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Jan 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Set Transform of Derived Part in Part Document - assign modified DerivedPartTransformDef object back to DerivedPartComponent.Definition in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit: Ceiling Pattern will not Move - select object for which move disjoin option is active, click move tool, uncheck disjoin option on options bar before pressing ESC key twice to exit command without actually moving selected object, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 R2: Libraries and Template Not Installed - uninstall/change Autodesk Revit Content Libraries 2015 from control panel before selecting libraries to be installed, else copy libraries, templates from another user having content installed correctly, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Structure Tutorial - Structural Opening Families - create metric generic model.rfa family template, form void extrusion, sketch rectangle, lock all 4 padlocks to constrain geometry, create subcategory before loading 2D structural opening symbol in Revit, Autodesk Revit Structure, Jan 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Hubs Kicks Off 2015 with its January 3D Printing Trends Report - most wanted 3D printers: Ultimaker 2, Form 1+; highest rated desktop 3D printer: Form 1+; highest rated industrial 3D printer: Projet 3500 HDMax; top print city: New York, Andrew Wheeler, 3D Printing Industry, Jan 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Five 3D Printing Trends for 2015 - industrialization is key, customers' interest in colors technology growing, small printers been pushed back from focus, metals 3D printing getting popular, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 16, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Finding a Way Ahead for Manufacturing - ABC TV Interview with Autodesk's Patrick Williams - Autodesk to invest up to $100m in 3D printing companies over next few years, A2K Technologies, Jan 16, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - What's Known, Some Speculation & a Few Other Plans - Bre Pettis, Michio Kaku, Jinsop Lee will be main keynote speakers, Michael Lord, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

4 Cool Features from SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2014 You Might Not Know About - But Should - enable Get version command in SOLIDWORKS add-in, customize columns view with user defined custom columns, view child quick Information from top parent of assembly, employ automated cache management command to manage cache, Timothy Ng, HRS Blog, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Exploring the SOLIDWORKS CommandManager - visit tools, customize option to access CommandManager, press 'use large buttons with text' option to remove titles of each button, double click floating command manager to revert to last docking position, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Property Tab - A Much Overlooked Feature - visit property tab to create properties, populate property tab for part, assembly, drawing, weldment files, select part in graphics window to enter custom properties for that selected component in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Jan 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Adding Foreshortened Diameter Dimensions in Detail Views - employ model items to import diameter dimension from model into section view before dragging dimension to detail view in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

CMM Data Import in SOLIDWORKS Inspection - invoke auto-assign command to allocate CMM mapping to ballooned characteristic automatically, else right click on dimension, select 'find CMM data results' to assign characteristics to dimensions, Jean-Pierre Chalhoub, Javelin Technologies, Jan 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

University of Ulster Relies on PAM-STAMP to Develop an Engine Nacelle Lipskin Preserving Laminar Flow - jet engine's nacelle needs to be made longer to preserve laminar flow; new sheet metal manufacturing process was needed to achieve draw depth required; PAM-STAMP sheet metal simulation software was able to verify that new process would work before it was used, CADdigest.com, Jan 14, 2015 (more CAM articlesFEA articles )

BIM Interoperability Dreams Can Come True: Creating a Unified Model for Documentation and Design - consider strengths, weaknesses of structural analysis, documentation program, involved element types, file types, required plug-ins, Kate Morrical, CADdigest.com, Jan 16, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Optimizing Built-In Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors - miniature sensors that regulate automobile performance are designed in very particular way to operate properly while housed directly on moving automobile tires; they need to have sensitivity to pick up measurements while in motion, durability to withstand elements; buckling problems, how they can be analyzed, Laura Bowen, CADdigest.com, Jan 16, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Provides Power in a New Package - affordable, entry-level ISV-certified tower workstation has 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E3-1276 v3 processor, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 GPU, 8GB of 1600MHz RAM, excellent performance, perfectly suited for CAD, price starts from $729, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Mobile Apps for Designers and Engineers on the Go - Sketchbook Mobile, Autodesk AutoCAD 360, ForceEffect, GrabCAD Workbench, Solid Edge Mobile Viewer, eDrawings Pro, Engineering Cookbook, Engineering Handbook Lite, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Jan 15, 2015 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

3D Imaging in 2015: Outlook Good (and Bad) - introduction of 3D imaging to professionals will create need of education, training; raising prices for services will be tough, Sam Billingsley, SPAR Point Group, Jan 12, 2015 (more 3D scanning articles)

Taking UAVs Beyond Line of Sight - PrecisionHawk announced 'Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System' solution for UAVs; Ascending Technologies has partnered with Intel to use Intel's Realsense 3D sensors in obstacle-avoidance system for small UAVs, Sam Billingsley, SPAR Point Group, Jan 2015 (more CAD development articles)

3 Quick HSMWorks Tips, Pt 3 - tips for 2D milling, customizing menu, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Jan 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, CAM articles)

Top 5 PLM Trends to Watch in 2015 - greater complexity of cloud PLM implementations, demand to manage complex product information will be growing, new type of manufacturing companies will be attracting focus of PLM vendors, growing interest in mobile enterprise PLM solutions, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Jan 15, 2015 (more PLM articles)

HyperWorks Gets Vibration-Specific Fatigue Simulation - works with mixed random, deterministic loading sources to provide fatigue life, damage predictions, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 15, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

How to Install SketchUp - double click on the install file, make sure verified publisher is Trimble Navigation or Google, grant installer permission, setup wizard initiates after install files are unpacked to computer, Designer Hacks, Jan 15, 2015 (more SketchUp tutorials)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Dynamic Blocks, Pt 1 - 2 options to create geometry for dynamic block: create, block, edit in block editor or start block editor, create geometry, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Jan 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Lab 3: Glue API Web Intro - login, obtain list of projects, models, display model, apply Web Form when choosing project in Microsoft Visual Studio instead of Win Form, The 360 View, Jan 15, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Dimensioning an External Angle in AutoCAD 2015 - set SECURELOAD to 0 to allow AutoCAD load code based files without warning, specify trusted locations if SECURELOAD is enabled to avoid display of warning dialog every time drawing is opened, Streamlined Design, Jan 15, 2015 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Renaming Referenced Catalogs in Plant 3D Specs - rename/move original catalogs to get warning signal if parts are not found, employ SQLite database editor to fully change name of referenced catalog in spec, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Jan 15, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Managing Trusted Locations in AutoCAD 2015 - invoke angular dimension command, press enter to select vertex where 2 lines join, pick point on each of 2 lines that make up angle before defining location of dimension line, Martin Phelps, CADline, Jan 14, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inventor 2015 - iLogic: Export File and Increment File Name - locate name of current Inventor file, check if .stp file exists in same folder as .ipt file, click 'yes' to open export folder to check results, Luke Davenport, CADline, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Sheetmetal Cone and Unfold/Refold Bug - employ revolved surface, thicken approach, change selection to angle before thickening surface to make unfold/refold functions work properly in Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, Jan 5, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Change Icon of ClientFeature Node in Built-in Browser Pane - obtain first, second features, create client feature definition, add part features to client features before creating client node resource in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 15, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Lighting Analysis Add-In for LEED Calculations in Revit - download appropriate Revit version, locate add-in on 'analyze ribbon' tab, place cursor over lighting analysis ribbon, hit F1 to open help menus, visit project browser to view schedules list, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Jan 15, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Scaleable Landscape Families - employ scale by spline method to scale splines if either endpoint is moved, scale by planting family if planting family is nested into another planting family in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 15, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

ExporterIfcUtils Curve Loop Sort and Validate - apply SortCurveLoops, ValidateCurveLoops methods to sort set of curve loops, perform validity checks on list of curve loops in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 15, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS TolAnalyst - SOLIDWORKS premium add-in performs tolerance stack-up analysis, determines effects of tolerances on parts, assemblies, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 - Version Column - apply feature to add visual feedback as to current version of any file, add new column, set user permissions, update permissions on groups to allow visibility, Darin Grosser, DASI Solutions Blog, Jan 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

EPDM - Attached; Missing Information - message gets displayed when registry keys were not removed, local vault view was deleted, recreate vault view to get rid of message in SOLIDWORKS, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Jan 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Advanced Sweep Feature Techniques - tips to use guide curves when creating sweeps in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How a Soccer Ball Can Fool a Goalie - The Magnus Effect - pro soccer players are able to kick ball with trajectory that bewilders defenders; spin plus surface of various soccer balls are studied with fluid dynamics software, Ed Fontes, CADdigest.com, Jan 13, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Construction Organizations Leverage Richness of i-models - companies finding use of Bentley portable i-models can save significant project costs, Jan 13, 2015 (more AEC articles)

CH2M HILL Leverages Bentley Apps for Timely, Actionable Feedback from the Field - CH2M Hill using Bentley mobile apps to synchronize project documentation; Bentley's ProjectWise Connection Services reduces risk of using outdated information by assuring that only most up-to-date design files, project data, including PDFs, are in use by teams in field, Jan 14, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Catching Design Errors Earlier with Geometric DFX - incredibly easy to learn, use, very interactive in its quick navigation, useful in providing natural technical interpretations, price of software pays for itself by reducing number of ECOs, saving time, cutting costs, Daniel Dobrzynski, CADdigest.com, Jan 15, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

How Much CAD Software Can You Manage? - keep system well configured, standardized for proper project execution, constantly strive for best practices, establish in-house expert for rendering, visualization needs, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 14, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

CD-adapco: Why We Changed Our CAE Licensing - 2 two distinct licensing approaches: power session for one large job, distributed over multiple cores; power token for family of design, distributed over hundreds of cores, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Jan 14, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

CAD Manager Tip: Bentley Licensing - 'custom activation groups' functionality in SELECTserver help create new activation key for site, limit products associated to it, Dave Wahl, Envision CAD, Jan 12, 2015 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Top 9 CAE Issues from Simulation Industry Summit - design centric workflow, ease of use and/or usability, analysis, simulation before CAD, impact of web, cloud, mobile devices, capturing, reusing of knowledge, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Jan 14, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

ACA Display Themes - 5-step process to create display theme in AutoCAD Architecture: create property data formats, property set definitions, display theme style, attach property set data to objects, activate display theme, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Jan 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Autodesk's 3D Electronics Printer - announced partnership with Voxel8, 3D printer provider; Autodesk will provide '_Project Wire_' software tool to place components, route 3D wires, output multi-material print data for fabrication, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Jan 2015 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Inventor 2015 - Modify Content Centre Part Geometry - obtain copy of existing content center family, employ 'replace family template' command in content center editor to modify geometry of master part, Luke Davenport, CADline, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 Stress Analysis - Split Thin Bodies - visit model to edit split feature, change it to split solid, employ 'find thin bodies' tool, apply bonded contacts between thin body, solid bodies before running analysis, Luke Davenport, CADline, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 - iLogic: Delete All iLogic Rules in Entire Assembly - install Vault, lock released files properly to prevent edits, else employ iLogic code to build collection of rules, delete all rules in document before looping through all referenced docs in assembly, Luke Davenport, CADline, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Tips & Tricks - Secondary Features in Frame Generator Members - set up part that is to be published in content center, employ structural authoring tool to conduct necessary modifications, create reliably controlled secondary features before extruding to work plane offset from end plane, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Pass Parameters to an iLogic Rule - pass rule arguments using functions available in IiLogicAutomation interface for external clients, iLogicVB for internal clients in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit's Most Hidden Commands, Pt 4: 3D Cut Pattern - set view to coarse detail level, activate section box to allow Revit automatically apply poche material to edges, revert to hidden line view to display hatching but not shading color, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Jan 15, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Subcategories - Really? - tips to content creators before loading snippet of predefined view template in project, after loading families from manufacturers into project, subcategory naming guidelines in Revit, Michelle Van Kolck, BIM Boom Bam, Jan 14, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Varying Render Modes: Main Model and Digger - ensure if render mode is set to desired detailed view mode, select render tab or invoke 'update views with selected actors' command to vary render modes for detailed digger view, main model in SOLIDWORKS, Holly Cheek, HRS Blog, Jan 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 6 - right click on mesh icon to obtain mesh details, generate aspect ratio plot to determine places where mesh control should be applied, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Jan 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Replacing a Part in a Drawing in SOLIDWORKS - right click on drawing view, select replace model option to replace part that is in drawing with new part with hole in it, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Running a T-SQL Query - log into Microsoft SQL server management studio, click file options to open SQL server query file, check parameters like archive server name for any modifications in SOLIDWORKS, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Jan 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Custom Weldment Profile Creation - determine size of sheet metal to obtain basis of custom weldment profile in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - 3D Sketch Basics - select 3D sketch option from command manager, rotate environment in isometric view when sketching in 3D in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Solving Design Challenges with SOLIDWORKS 2015 - latest version has ability to create asymmetrical fillets for surfaces, parts, assemblies, to flatten 3D design into 2D presentation, CADspeed, Jan 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

First Look: Delcam ArtCAM Pro 2015 for CADCAM - new putty tool for modeling, realtime creating, editing of 3D shapes, can identify all vectors created in one direction automatically, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 13, 2015 (more ArtCAM articles)

Reimagining the Veterans Memorial Tunnels - landscape designer Jon Altschuld talked about SketchUp help in decision-making process, communicating/collaborating with other colleagues, SketchUp extensions used, transition from SketchUp model to final Vue renderings, Josh Reilly, SketchUpdate, Jan 13, 2015 (more SketchUp articles)

Lab1: Hello Glue World - visit library package manager to install RestSharp, set login request to authenticate user to Glue platform, specify JSON/XML format of login response, check helper functions to define parameters, timestamp, signature, The 360 View, Jan 8, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Lab 2: Glue API Intro - tips to retrieve model, display it in embedded viewer using security/login, project, model list, display component/viewer services, The 360 View, Jan 13, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Making Property Selection Filters in AutoCAD - invoke quick select tool, select drawing area, open object type selection box to find objects present in drawing, set property related with selection, apply QSELECT command to count objects, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, Jan 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Irrigation for Geeks - How I Built My Fully Automated, Open-Source Watering System - create digital representation by capturing house, garden plan in AutoCAD, employ sketch dimension values to accurately scale, dimension drawings, build electronic controller using H-bridge before scheduling system, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Jan 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Viewing Face Normals of a Mesh - code to check normals of faces that depends on order of vertices while defining face vertices in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD P&ID 2015 - Show Equipment Tags on Page Connectors - open OffPage connector block, add attribute definition to show tag of equipment item on connected drawing, Andy Davis, CADline, Jan 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

AutoCAD P&ID 2015 - Custom Annotation Style Unavailable - workaround is to add attribute definition into block that contains TargetObject.Tag, set invisible property to yes to prevent it from displaying, Andy Davis, CADline, Jan 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Custom Steel Framing Using 'Opening By Face' - stimulate cut of beam with opening by face, plates, obtain recess into 3 cantilever beams, place model line to mark start of 4" recess point before setting opening in beams in Revit, Matt Johnson, Hagerman & Company Blog, Jan 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Adding Terrain Data in InfraWorks - open global mapper program to check descriptions of elevation, raster formats in Civil 3D, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 13, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D 2015 - Apply Superelevation to Corridors  - tips to add superelevation values to horizontal alignment to affect creation of road channel in finished corridor, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Jan 13, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Reset Inventor File's Model Browser Name - select, hold name in model browser, delete entire name, hit enter to reset model browser name to file name, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 13, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

A Digital Prototyping Walkthrough - Using Frame Generator - create design view representation that just displays skeletal model, ground skeleton to origin once inserted in model, place framing members before creating miter using miter command in Inventor, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Jan 13, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Speed Up Your CFD Solutions Using Flow Freezing - with 'flow freezing' enabled for particular iteration in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, solver concentrates on solving only energy calculations, assuming pressures, velocities remain constant, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Jan 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tech Tip: 5 Ways to Secure Your Proprietary Model Data in Composer - blur model from measurement using Secure 3D Brush in SOLIDWORKS Composer, add global distortion on save, control who can open your files by adding password, limit functionality of file with rights manager, limit life of files, Roy Mutalik, Design Point Solutions, Jan 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tips You Should Know for January - tips to lock rotation on all concentric mates, double-check component properties while in assembly, convert entities, make coincident smart mate, Jenn Precopio, CADimensions Blog, Jan 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

A CAMWorks First Time User Talks - Q&A about challenges solved by CAMWorks, seamless integration with SOLIDWORKS, ease of use, SOLIDWORKS-style UI, Diane Mitol & Alex Doronenko, CADdigest.com, Jan 13, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

Review: solidThinking Inspire 2014 - ability to split up model into geometry as design spaces, built-in analysis tools for optimization process, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 12, 2015 (more solidThinking reviews)

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Pt 2: Do You Need That Layer? - no need to keep specific layers for certain tools, different stories, section views or elevation views, minimize graphic layers, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Jan 12, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Automotive Rendering Artist Doug Didia Shares Tips - Q&A about managing rich CAD data in KeyShot, difference between using professional rendering and animation program, combining various different elements into single image, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Jan 2015 (more rendering articles, KeyShot articles)

OpenRoads Tip: 3D Elements from Survey Data - OpenRoads will display MicroStation solids, surfaces or mesh elements in both dynamic, graphic cross sections, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Jan 12, 2015 (more InRoads articles)

Linearity vs Non-Linearity - material linearity is when material is considered under purely elastic conditions; non-linearity is more accurate representation of curve to accommodate plastic region of material's stress-strain graph, Scott Cunliffe, Micro Concepts Simulation Blog, Jan 6, 2015 (more FEA articles)

Can Autodesk's Spark 3D Printing Platform Succeed? - company announced $100 million fund to seed 3D print initiatives, has finishing, post curing device on the way, is building up platform for systems, services to communicate efficiently, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 12, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD Layer Tips and Tricks - tips to create new layers, application of crossing window in layer dialog box, undo everything when working in layer dialog box, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Jan 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Selecting a Linetype and Applying It to a Set of AutoCAD Entities Using .NET - obtain pickfirst selection set, IDs of selected objects, check if selected entities have same linetype before displaying linetype dialog with common linetype selected, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Revit to BIM 360 Glue Improvements - latest release offers enhanced viewing of materials, color support, object names, model tree hierarchy, property support allows better ways of mapping properties for BIM 360 field, Lee Mullin, Beyond Design, Jan 12, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles, Navisworks articles, Revit articles)

Add Hole in Multi-Body Part Document - select solid body part, apply HoleFeature's SetAffectedBodies function to insert multi-body part in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Limiting Joint Movement - One Approach to Creating More Powerful Autodesk Inventor Models - apply rotational, slider limits to allow parts to rotate around axis, slide along axis/plane, both rotational, planar constraints can be used for cylindrical joints in Inventor, Cassie Smallwood, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Jan 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

How Glossy Would You Like Your Furniture? - employ Inventor tools to add lookup list, force uppercase, complete mandatory fields before saving part, select design settings from Woodwork for Inventor ribbon to create custom iProperty, Graham Mansfield, Making Wood Work for You, Jan 2, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Cross-Training Platforms - benefits from using Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP platforms together, importance of Revit puzzle, monitor changes in other linked models with copy/monitor tool, encourage collaboration to improve business relationships, Kimberly Fuhrman, AUGI Library, Jan 12, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Revit Tutorial - Roof Crickets and Flat Roofs - tips to create adaptive component or modify sub-elements of roof in Revit, YouTube, Jan 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dimension Sketches Faster Than Ever - click on sketch located in system options tab, tick ‘enable on screen numeric input on entity creation' checkbox to add dimensions, apply fully define sketch tool to set dimensions of complex geometry in SOLIDWORKS, Loretta Stiurca, Design Point Solutions, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Goals in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - purpose, definition of goals with reference to global, point, surface, volume, equation goal types, Joe Galliera, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Good Vibrations: Frequency Response Graphs in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - frequency vs mode number graph, effective mass participation factor graph, cumulative effective mass participation factor graph that allows understanding model's dynamic response effectively, Jonathan Armstrong, HRS Blog, Jan 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Convert DWG to SOLIDWORKS - import wizard to import DWG/DXF files directly into sketcher, employ 2D to 3D toolset in SOLIDWORKS to convert geometry from 2D sketches into full 3D model, Rod Mackay, Javelin Technologies, Jan 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Tips: How to Manage Quantities in Inspection Reports - capture radius dimension, visit characteristics manager to list multiple options, ungroup characteristics by selecting 'ungroup' option, Mathieu Fourcade, Solid Apps Blog, Jan 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

HP Designjet T3500 Large Format Multifunction Printer Perfect for Small and Midsize Engineering Departments - suitable for SMBs, easy-to-setup, excellent all-in-one large format printer, print resolution 2400x1200 optimized dpi, 128GB virtual RAM, available for US$19,200 with 3-year warranty, Jim Lucas, CADdigest.com, Jan 12, 2015 (more large format printer reviews)

Nemetschek Vectorworks Architect 2015 - extensive Vectorworks Graphics Module-based features, animated transitions between views, new hidden line rendering mode, ability to turn off colors in OpenGL mode, new level constraint system for stories, curtain wall tool, gradient opacity control capability, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Jan 9, 2015 (more Vectorworks reviews)

CNC Boring an Engine Block with CAMWorks - create assembly comprising of block, set up indexing parameters, check tolerances by probing bores in X, Y direction, Daniel Lyon, HRS Blog, Jan 9, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

New Features of HSMWorks 2015 - improvements for multiple CPU systems, adaptive roughing, improved 3D capabilities, more visually accurate simulations, CADspeed, Jan 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles, CAM articles)

Draw a Circle with Radius Tangent to Two Objects - activate LINE command in AutoCAD, click on point A, write @210<30, hit ENTER key, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Jan 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Electrical: Custom Company & User Icon Menus - create new folder, map folder to drive that each user's computer can access, copy icon menus into folder, create/rename new text document before opening new dat file to add symbols, Rick France, Hagerman & Company Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Recreating the Star Wars Opening Crawl in AutoCAD Using F#, Pt 4 - employ Star Wars API to obtain opening crawl text for various episodes, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Displaying Modal and Modeless HTML Pages in AutoCAD - understanding usage of Application.ShowModalWindow, Application.ShowModelessWindow APIs in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Adding Help Files to Subassembly Composer - right click on subassembly, create .chm file, compile .htm file for subassembly with .chm through HTML help workshop in Civil 3D, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Jan 9, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Geotechnical Module 2015 - Civil 3D - improvements include workflows for fault geology modeling, allows importing data from .ags, .csv sources, offers seamless integration with HoleBASE SI, Geoff Woodhead, CADline, Jan 9, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

An Exercise in iParts, and a Little Bit of Sharing - employ Microsoft Excel to edit part tables, edit member scope, edit factory scope to easily adjust iParts, to generate all iPart members in hurry, select using Shift+Left click, generate files in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 11, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

BIM Simplify Commands in Inventor 2015 - add 'Simplify Panel' to 'assemble' ribbon, add 'simplify' using 'show panel icon' on last panel in ribbon, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 9, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Top 5 Tricks to Views in Revit - work in 3D view, cut sections, elevations, select temporary view properties to temporarily disable view template, apply rewind option to rewind through view, set query to hide CAD layers, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 9, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit's Most Hidden Commands, Pt 3: Curtain Pattern Grid Size - create new curtain panel pattern based family, open instance properties of grid to change grid size, pattern in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Jan 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Create a View Filter - open visibility graphics dialog box, visit filter tab, click edit/new button to open filter creation dialog box, else go to view tab to open filters dialog box in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Jan 9, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Family Editor Glitch: Catalog Files That Use Formulas - form masking region, assign radius constraint, generate parameter link, catalog text file, load family into project before checking test sizes based on family types created in Revit, Michelle Van Kolck, BIM Boom Bam, Jan 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Parametric Bridge - apply Hummingbird plugin for Grasshopper to export geometry from Grasshopper to Excel spreadsheet, Hummingbird plugin for Revit to import that Excel spreadsheet, BIM 42, Jan 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Printing Material and Support Build Options - choose visible surface style: enhanced or normal; part interior style: sparse low density, sparse high density or sparse double dense; support style: basic, sparse, smart, or break-away, Jon Lawrence, CAPUniversity, Jan 9, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing Grows Beyond 'Gimmick' Stage and Takes Center Stage at CES 2015 - significant aspects of 3D printing: materials are becoming more utilitarian, software for optimizing 3D printing machine, education, classroom 3D printing, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Jan 8, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Equipotential Conflicts: Design Rule Check, Pt 1 - tips to scan project for mismatched wires, potential shorts, other errors, YouTube, Dec 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Component Terminals Not Connected: Design Rule Check, Pt 2 - check if symbols, parts are being wired schematically in SOLIDWORKS drawings, YouTube, Dec 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Components Missing Part Assignment: Design Rule Check, Pt 3 - identifies components in project that is without manufacturer part assigned to prevent accidental omissions of components from BOM, YouTube, Jan 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tips for Working with Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS - load assembly in lightweight mode, each component is loaded only with minimal data, save assembly as eDrawings file to reduce file size, Solid Professor Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

VISI = Medals and Titles for Skeleton Racers - VISI CAD/CAM solution has helped Bromley Sports manufacture Olympic sleds for 22 nations preparing for next Winter Olympics. Co-Founder Kristan Bromley is a 1x World Champion, 3x European Champion, 4x Olympian, British #1 for last 19 years at skeleton racing, CADdigest.com, Jan 7, 2015 (more VISI articles, CAM articles)

Virtualizing AEC Skillsets Across Office Locations - Hanson Professional Services, a 400-member design firm, faces problem when sharing data, skills across its teams in various locations, each with its own data sets, Panzura puts data on cloud, is able to save Hanson $40K in IT costs per year, CADdigest.com, Jan 7, 2015 (more AEC articles, cloud articles)

Migrating from Mastercam X6 to X8 - copy X6 files from current location into folder with easy access, mimic folder structure in X6, select migration wizard in Mastercam X8, set file locations to start migration, Mike Steelman, Prism Engineering, Jan 7, 2015 (more Mastercam articles)

Is 3D Printing a Simple Case of Press Print - reality of creating 3D printable model, considering example of customized design of prosthetic hand, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 8, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Pt 1: LEGO and Layers - don't have ArchiCAD files with unnecessary plethora of layers, based on inappropriate criteria, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Jan 7, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Expert Interview with Jimmy Bergmark About AutoCAD - services offered by JTB World, biggest issues faced by CAD users, trends happening in the field of CAD, tips, tools offered by JTB World, CADspeed, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Performance Issues Related to ESET Antivirus - open advanced setup settings for ESET, check applications that ESET need to ignore when accessing protocols, Darin Green, Synergis, Jan 7, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Changing the Item Lifecycle State - discusses steps to figure out states, transitions, update item object in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Jan 8, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks, Pt 2: Visibility States - demonstrates steps involved in creation of dynamic block in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FunctionSense, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

How to Transfer Your AutoCAD Settings to Another Computer? - enter options in command line, select 'open and save' tab, visit profiles tab to set current profile under available profile, save file before clicking import on profiles tab in another PC, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Recreating the Star Wars Opening Crawl in AutoCAD Using F#, Pt 3 - refactor vertex definitions to generate polylines, add them to database in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Revit MEP API Leveraged for Construction - importance of integrated SysQue model for encouraging collaboration between architecture, structural, MEP trades, role of cloud for content, connectivity, BOM, activate SysQue Connect to add fittings at desired angle, Kenneth Eastman, AUGI Library, Jan 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Annotating Cable and Wire Service Types in Revit 2015 - create label that refers to service type parameter from conduit component, save, load family, apply 'tag all' feature choosing saved conduit tag, Dennis Collin, CADline, Jan 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo: Text Padding Nodes - employ PadLeft/PadRight node to add padding characters to left/right side of string, specify if any string is to be used for padding unlike custom node in Revit, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Independence for Elevation Marks Everywhere - employ interior elevation marks in 1/2" plans, create dummy tag with open parameters that can be managed manually, duplicate mark, hide unwanted duplicates using design options in Revit, Revit Beginners, Jan 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Assign BOM IDs and Edit Tables in SOLIDWORKS Composer - assigning BOM IDs manually, automatically with workshop, adjusting table, Holly Cheek, HRS Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tutorial: Drawings with Exploded Assembly View and Bill of Materials discusses steps to create exploded view, bring assembly into new drawing, create bill of materials before selecting parts in assembly to attach numbered balloon to assembly, Chris McAndrew, 3dEngr.com, Jan 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Path Length Dimension - expand dimension fly-out in command manager, select number of sketch entities to be included in path length dimension before adding sketch entities in path length property manager, Solid Apps Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Drawing Notes with a Leader Line from the Top - create new drawing, insert annotation inside rectangle, select rectangle, text before going to annotation toolbar to generate blocks, clear lines from the block entities selection box to retain only note, Christian Maldonado, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Multiple Installations of SOLIDWORKS Best Practices - run setup.exe, choose individual installation, add serial number if not populated, select new install, modify install locations before finishing installation, Dave Padelford, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Which SOLIDWORKS Products Do I Have Installed? - launch 'my products' tool to obtain quick snapshot of software installation, SOLIDWORKS product line, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Reference Entity for Angle Mates to Prevent Flipping - select any linear edge on components used in angle mate, ensure if edge is parallel to both selections, pick any quadrants in selector to convert to obtuse angle, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Downloading 2D Footprints & 3D Models - visit traceparts site to download components in manufacturer parts manager for SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Bryce Heventhal, YouTube, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Spline Leaders - adding spline leader to existing balloon, Matt Loron, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

An Experienced CAD Teacher Tests Vectorworks 2015 - easy learning curve, straight forward basic drawing operations, built-in features provide solid introduction to BIM, available for $3,395, Rande Robinson, CADdigest.com, Jan 8, 2015 (more Vectorworks reviews)

2014 CAD Survey Results - decrease in percentage of unemployed CAD engineers, significant rise in number of CAD workers in full time employment, percentages of workers contented at work also increased as compared to that in last year's survey, CADagency, Jan 2015 (more CAD management articles)

Review: ANSYS SpaceClaim 2015 - updates to automated creation of corner reliefs, greater support for lathe work preparation, ability to quickly extract profile from turned components, to work with mesh data, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 7, 2015 (more SpaceClaim reviews)

FARO's New Freestyle3D Handheld Scanner - lightweight, comes with Microsoft Surface tablet, scans up to distance of 3 meters, captures 88k points per second, accuracy greater than 1.5mm, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Jan 7, 2015 (more 3D scanners articles)

Shortcuts in the Interface - shortcuts in Solid Edge for mouse-based view manipulation, keypoint selection, advanced Synchronous edits, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Jan 7, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Serial and Parallel ANSYS Mechanical APDL Simulations - studying effects of varying parameters considering parameterized MAPDL macro called build_solve, Carlos Shultz, PADT Blog, Jan 7, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Review: Fujitsu Celsius C620 with Teradici PCoip - 1U device with Intel Xeon E3-1280v2 CPU with clock speed of 3.6GHz, can support maximum of 32GB RAM with 4 x 8GB DIMMs, offers relatively simple solution for remote CAD over one-to-one connection, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, Jan 5, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

Casual Corridors: Removing the Bow Tie - modify frequency, sampling settings, add curve to bend, apply custom assembly in region along with gradings in AutoCAD, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Jan 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Recreating the Star Wars Opening Crawl in AutoCAD Using F#, Pt 2 - create MText with font information embedded in contents rather than separate style, set theme music, generate random numbers to define stars, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Customizing Content Center Fastener Names in Inventor - create custom library, edit entries under designation column in family table, select column properties from context menu, publish changes back to content center before placing fasteners in assembly, John Hackney, Design Engineering, Jan 7, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

The Vault Service is Alive and Well - Why Can't I Find the Data Management Services? - open web.config file in notepad, change sslRequired key from true to false, type IISRESET at windows command prompt to bounce service, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 7, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Carriage Returns in Revit Schedules - drag cursor to right or left, clicking forward or backspace to get to appropriate character, reassign text to any paragraph, add parameter that creates invisible narrow column to force return, Cesar Escalante, Ideate, Jan 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Unable to Delete Project/Folder Through Revit Server Administrator - try to remove lock through Revit Server Administrator, check for model-level, administrator-level locks if non-removable, delete super.lock file to manually clear administrator-level lock in Revit, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials

Getting a Handle on Curvy Part Geometry - generate sketch entities on bent surface, create reference dimensions to splines, form new flattened geometry in new configuration/body before setting path length dimension in SOLIDWORKS, Andrew Jaskey, CAPUniversity, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sketch vs Feature Order in SOLIDWORKS - right click on name of part file to switch to flat tree view, ensure sketches are in correct order before creating features in SOLIDWORKS, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Managing Contacts in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - employ interference detection tool to determine faces to be used, create contact visualization plot to visualize type of contact, define stress plot to create contact pressure plot in SOLIDWORKS, Paolo Olmos, HRS Blog, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Special Dimensions - methods to obtain arc length dimension, angle dimension without construction geometry, angle mates without construction geometry for lines, Solid Apps Blog, Jan 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating an Exploded View in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - visit configuration manager, right click on configuration to be displayed, choose new exploded view from context menu, suppress features if current configuration contains bolts or minor elements to be excluded, Chris Johns, Infinite Skills Blog, Jan 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

First Look: Power Surfacing v2.0 for SOLIDWORKS - organic, free form surfaces design plug-in for SOLIDWORKS helps constrain power surfacing points, establishes tangential connectivity to NURBS surfaces/solids, curvature display/analysis, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Detect Collisions Between Components in Assemblies - Charn Jivaphaiboonskdi, YouTube, Dec 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - How to Create a Spring That Compresses - generate spring that will compress in context of assembly, YouTube, Dec 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3 Approaches to Lightweighting - solidThinking Inspire, netfabb Selective Space Structures, Autodesk software offer design guidance, restructuring of solid part, fast design-space model validation, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

3 Criteria for Assessing CFD Convergence - consider residual values, solution imbalances, quantities of interest, Mike Kuron, ENGINEERING.com, Jan 6, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Expert Interview with James Woodcock on Trends to Watch in 3D Printing - long-term implications of 3D printing, most exiting innovations in industry, most useful tools for designing for 3D printing, need of evolution of CAD workstations, CADspeed, Jan 6, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Rise of Cloud-Service Facilitators, the Blurring of IT Boundaries - Mainframe2 is offering cloud services to vendors who want to deliver SaaS products, has GPU-acceleration feature, plans start at $199 per month, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2015 (more cloud articles)

CAMWorks - Air Segment Offset  - solves issues with rough mills, YouTube, Dec 30, 2014 (more CAMWorks articles)

New Piezoelectric Modeling Interface in COMSOL 5.0 - simulating piezoelectric devices, adding damping in dynamic analysis, selecting Acoustic-Piezoelectric interaction, Supratik Datta, CADdigest.com, Jan 6, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

No, AutoCAD LIMITS is Not Obsolete - LIMITS command to set invisible drawing boundary in model space, reset model space units, type limits to turn on LIMITS checking, apply grid snap to work together with limits, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Jan 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 - Fixing Potential Cross Reference Errors - perform project wide AUDIT, DWGAUDIT, component cross reference, update signal references, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Jan 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Autodesk Vault Pro 2015 - Cyclic Backup Script Using Rename - apply rename instead of copy or move in copy routine to eliminate secondary write-time when Vault becomes large, Kim Hyde, CADline, Jan 7, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Recommended Procedures for Installing Autodesk Products - login as administrator on local computer, visit user accounts, click on manage user accounts before ensuring that group next to user name is set to 'administrators' option, Jon McCoy, MasterGraphics, Jan 5, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Introduction to Revit Macros - create module to store macros, generate macro before starting macro coding in SharpDevelop window, insert comments in code to understand purpose of code, run build solution command before running macro, Troy Gates, AUGI Library, Jan 6, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Create a Sanitary to Vent System Transition in Revit - place toilet, connect piping to toilet, highlight upper pipe, drag end of pipe up away from tee, change system type parameter from sanitary to vent in Revit, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Jan 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Sifting Through Unreferenced View Tags in Revit - organize project browser by 'not on sheets' option to sort views that are not on sheets, set defining criteria to define new filter, select categories before outlining filter rules in Revit, Sash Kazeminejad, Ideate, Jan 6, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Adaptive Component - Everyday Uses, Pt 5: Roof Cricket - open OOTB GenericModelPatternBased template, draw point directly on top of adaptive point 2, select recently placed point before drawing reference line between newly created point, adaptive point 4 in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Jan 6, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo: Custom Node, Integer to String - Zero Padding - set up custom, integer slider node to specify number of digits desired, employ number node to provide integer to be converted to string, check 'run automatically' toggle to display results as calculated, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 6, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

EPDM - What Makes a Good EPDM Admin - ability to form solutions, make company-wide decisions, good understanding of company's policies, processes, general computer skills, schedule time for maintaining SOLIDWORKS EPDM updates, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Jan 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

Electrical Currents - SOLIDWORKS 2015 Electrical Schematic Top Features - improved design rule checks, environmental archive, display different line widths for each wire, construct formulas with formula manager, create connectors with dynamic connector tool, Clare Schaeffer, SolidNotes, Jan 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Does SOLIDWORKS Use Multiple Cores? - 4 core processors are excellent for most SOLIDWORKS users as numerous hidden programs run along with SOLIDWORKS on any typical PC, turn on hyper-threading in BIOS to allow multi-threaded application run faster, Jack Wilson, CADtek Blog, Jan 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Enhanced Angle Dimension in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - select line when using smart dimensions, cross-hair will be displayed on vertex, select one of arms of cross-hair, preview dimension is then created between line, imaginary vertical line, Michael Lord, Jan 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Meshing Issues with SOLIDWORKS Simulation - check for any interferences, follow procedure for all parts that are in assembly to assign contacts quickly in SOLIDWORKS, Ketul Patel, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 - Title Blocks - edit project document properties, then edit title block to pull up data, Jeff Jordan, YouTube, Dec 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Direct Editing - move face, delete face to obtain desired geometry in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Dec 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

A Lenovo User Rates the New Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 - entry-level tower is suitable for small businesses, has own DVD drive, can be set up as Windows or Linux server, available for base price of $679, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, Jan 6, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

ANSYS Icepak: Diverging Residuals, Find and Fix the Problem - diverging continuity residuals indicate conservation of mass problem, plot velocities to locate problem region, consider creating air block in region of interest to more finely control the mesh, Susanna Young, PADT Blog, Jan 5, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

What Materials are Used in 3D Printing? It's More Than Fantastic Plastic - plastic, metal, Graphite, Graphene are being used for 3D printing, Jeff Yoders, CADdigest.com, Dec 29, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Expert Interview with Mirza Coralic About BabaCAD - free, user-friendly software for creating technical designs, customization options for users, most recommend features by users, CADspeed, Dec 31, 2014 (more CAD development articles)

AVEVA Snaps Up 8over8 for Contract Execution Management - ProCon capital project risk management software platform creates alerts that notify contract managers of change requests so that true impact can be assessed, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Jan 5, 2015 (more PLM articles)

CAMWorks - Customizing the Toolbar - YouTube, Dec 24, 2014 (more CAMWorks articles)

BCF Reader - select BIM Collaboration Format report, load Word template to allow application retrieve all styles, save report in new Word document, BIM 42, Jan 5, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Top AEC Trends for 2015 - Autodesk VAR Microdesk sees UAVs (drones) will be more accessible, applied to 3D scanning while virtual reality technologies, such as Oculus, will allow unprecedented interaction with building, site designs, CADdigest.com, Dec 15, 2014 (more AEC articles)

ACA: AEC Modify Tools, Pt 5 - AEC Obscure - select obscure tool from obscure/crop flyout to invoke AecLineworkObscure command, check options before specifying extents of obscuration area when using AecLineworkSubtract command, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

A Different Way to Create an Ellipse or Oval - draw rectangle, select it, start PEDIT command, choose spline option, select oval, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Recreating the Star Wars Opening Crawl in AutoCAD Using F#, Pt 1 - employ F# type provider mechanism to access Star Wars API, retrieve opening crawl text, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Using PhysiJS for Collision Detection in AutoCAD - create rotating mesh, solids that will be grounded, any other AutoCAD solids that can be imported as Three.JS meshes, add XData to driven, grounded solids with reg appname set to PHYSIMESHTYPE, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Importing AutoCAD Solids to Three.js - discusses code that highlights changes to import AutoCAD solids into Three.js, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Real Time Rendering with Marmoset Toolbag - export fire extinguisher mesh, apply edit normals modifier to check normals of object in 3ds Max, import FBX mesh of fire extinguisher in Marmoset Toolbag software before adjusting camera options, Soni Kumari, Cgtuts+, Jan 1, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

The Family Man's Family Template - start new family with one out of box templates, create additional reference plans, constrain reference plans before adding solids in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Jan 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Tutorial - Overhead Line Trick - tip to allow overhead lines automatically update with canopy in Revit, YouTube, Jan 5, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Easy Macros, Pt 2: Query Face Geometry - open SOLIDWORKS document with solid/surface body before running macro, locate right API method in help file, access ISurface interface, set up DIM, SET statement to access identify method, Rhyc Sandberg, HRS Blog, Jan 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM Tech Tip: How to Use an Options File for EPDM in 2015 - open blank text document in Notepad to set group to assign rules, set reserve licenses, timeout period, save file before opting to activate/reactivate software license, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Jan 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Creating Threads in SOLIDWORKS for 3D Printing - create profile sketch, helix by sketching circle before using helix or spiral command, form swept cut once profile sketch, path is ready, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Dec 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - How to Use Blocks - ways to create, edit, save, insert blocks into title block before editing fill color in SOLIDWORKS, Shivani Patel, YouTube, Dec 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - How to Turn Off Auto Log In - option to allow user select log in name in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Dec 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Drawings Top Ten List from Years Past: SWW2013 - wishes to create auxiliary line for dimensioning angles, zoom to fit should ignore view bounding boxes on drawings have been implemented in SOLIDWORKS 2015, Matt Lorono, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Jan 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Creating Custom 2D Image Library Components - create images in SOLIDWORKS Composer, change paper space in properties pane, used align camera feature to get correct orientation of model, Holly Cheek, HRS Blog, Jan 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

MODO 801 Gets More Refined - new snapping tools, Nodal Shading system, improved UV mapping, new method of laying out animations using Spacing Chart, onscreen controls, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2015 (more MODO reviews)

How to Set Realistic Boundary Conditions for FEA - considering 2-part assembly with contacting latches, checking stress levels, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2015 (more FEA articles)

Same Hardware, Different User Experience - low-end workstations vs high-end PCs, how factors justify increase in price, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Dec 31, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

New Dawn for 3D Reality Computing - more sophisticated scanning hardware, easier manipulation of captured data, shrinking costs contribute to bright forecast for technology, Randall Newton, Cadalyst, Dec 31, 2014 (more CAD development articles, rapid prototyping articles, 3D scanners articles)

2014 Wasn't That Bad, Was It? - product introductions from 2013-2014 will make for eventful 2015: software for rent, apps, tablets, augmented reality, 3D, Internet of Things, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Dec 30, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Top 3 Predictions for CAD in 2015 - 3D printing market is in for big changes, global market for CAD to increase substantially, production jobs decline as need for digital workers explode, CADspeed, Dec 31, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

BIM 4D for Construction Scheduling has Created Wonders in the AEC Industry - benefits of BIM 4D modeling, understanding techniques, methods of construction scheduling, Bhushan Avsatthi, architosh, Dec 23, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Interview with Matt Johnson, All-Around Solid Edge Powerhouse - enthusiasm for Solid Edge, acquiring in-depth knowledge on related topics, favorite enhancements in last 2 releases of Solid Edge, advice to young engineers, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 31, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

3D Printed Bearings Have Arrived - linear bearings rely on low friction material construction that is only possible with 3D printing and new material developed that is 50 times more abrasion resistant than typical filament, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Slim Down Your Drawings with the PURGE Command - purge unused blocks, dimension styles, layers, linetypes in AutoCAD, get rid of zero-length lines, empty text objects, obsolete DGN linestyle data, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Editing the Value of a Block Attribute - using EATTEDIT command in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks - discusses 2 parts of block namely parameters that are defining points/properties of block, actions, Walt Sparling, FuntionSense, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Work with AutoCAD Electrical 2015 in Autodesk Vault - verify Vault working folder details, right-click on WDP project file to check-in Electrical files to Vault, turn on 'create visualization attachment' option to view drawings in Vault Explorer, Alex Karan, Cadalyst, Dec 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk in the Classroom: An Interview with Don Carlson - Q&A with Don Carlson about Autodesk Education, design tools, facilities offered to students, educators, educational institutions, authorized academic partner vs authorized training center, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Dec 23, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Application Manager - Update Readme - tips to expose details of update, view details link to Readme, click on 'local files location' to specify folder under which updates are stored, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 3, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

How Much Can You Tolerate? Using Tolerances Inside Autodesk Inventor Models - add tolerances per number of decimal places as title block, select dimension properties to set tolerances, edit sketch before adding special tolerance in sketch, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Dec 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Are Your Autodesk Inventor Drawing Views Moving on Your Sheet? - visit drawing tab under application options to set view justification option before creating any drawings within Inventor, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Jan 2, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Create 2 Sets of Annotation Symbol Tags within the Same Family - visit create tab to generate symbols, form new family types, parameters to control visibility of symbols, assign parameters to elements in family model before saving family in Revit, Learning Revit, Dec 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Adaptive Component - Everyday Uses, Pt 4 - employ generic model family with model lines in lieu of profile family if nested profile is required, create division from either surface or line when family is to be repeated in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Dec 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Top 10 Configuration Variables for OpenRoads - understanding configuration variables that are used as pointers to standard resource files, folders for projects, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Dec 29, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

OpenRoads Tip: Attach Media Files to Survey Data - select survey element, element properties, click ellipses icon, browse media file to attach, click on accept button to attach media, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Dec 30, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 Dynamic Connector Creation - apply connector wizard tool to manage specific tasks associated with connector pin management, choose symbols styles from connector symbol management wizard for schematically representing connectors, Andy Beaupre, CAPUniversity, Dec 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 - What's New, Pt 3 - parallel approval mapping, predefined transition comments, rollback enhancements, new move permissions, icons, reformatted table formats, Jennifer Bahnsen, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Dec 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Goldilocks and the Bend Parameters - implement bend parameters into part when flattened, divide bend area into neutral axis to calculate areas representing compression, tension in SOLIDWORKS, Catherine Wagner, CADimensions Blog, Dec 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Block Attributes in DraftSight - create basic block geometry, open block attribute definition window to add block attribute, define geometry, text as block, apply EditBlockAttribute command to edit block after block is inserted in SOLIDWORKS, Dave Murray, CADimensions Blog, Dec 30, 2014 (more DraftSight articles)

5 Mistakes of a Rookie CAD Manager - attempting to fix problems of last company when in new company, implement change based on personal preferences, confusion related to strategic goals, real work-problems, trust-issues with colleagues, Paul Munford, AUGI Library, Dec 25, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Add Patterns Around Holes in MicroStation V8i - tips to create patterns, hatches around enclosed area in MicroStation, YouTube, Dec 27, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Make Your AutoCAD Training Grow Roots - understanding working of files, display, system, user preferences, selection, 3D modeling tab located in options dialog, drawing aids, drafting tools, disaster recovery/avoidance tips to increase AutoCAD productivity, Dat Lien, AUGI Library, Dec 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles, CAD training articles)

Quick Tip: Set a Viewpoint from the Quick Access Toolbar - set view to specific position, enter -VPOINT, note numbers, open CUI, right-click on view, viewpoint to duplicate before modifying properties in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Dec 31, 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

Is Your AutoCAD Ribbon Text Missing? - locate buttons panel name, tab name, expand CUI ribbon options, locate correct tab, panel, select output-plot, page setup manager before changing display text from page setup manager to page setup, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Dec 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Attribute Extraction - create data extraction template, select objects within current drawing to extract data, adjust display name to override name of object, set properties to be extracted before choosing output types for extraction, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Dec 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 - Its Freezing - visit project ribbon tab, tools panel, select utilities, appropriate radials for items to be fixed in AutoCAD Electrical, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Dec 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Newly Inserted Block Does Not Show in AutoCAD Mechanical - apply TransactionManager.QueueForGraphicsFlush() to flush graphics of block to UI, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Dec 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD Mechanical tutorials)

Automatically Add Tasks to the Navisworks Timeliner - discusses auto-add functionality within Navisworks to streamline process of creating simulation, Brian Meyers, YouTube, Dec 27, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Profile Locking in Civil 3D - allows anchoring profile geometry points to alignment geometry points, display notification icon at each affected geometry point to display notifications, check options to modify selected entities or delete affected entities, Tyler Stewart, Civil & Infrastructure Blog, Dec 23, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Change Surface Style with Civil 3D API - right-click on surface object, select 'edit surface style,' switch to display tab to show surface style dialog, Daniel Du, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Dec 29, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Show Angled Wings Square to Sheet in Revit - create, utilize scope boxes in project file to generate multiple views of the same area, show exact same portion of building in each view, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Dec 25, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Back to Basics with Revit Walls, Pt 2: Embedding Walls within Walls - apply cut geometry tool to select exterior wall before interior partition, invoke join geometry command to join vertical exterior wall to horizontal exterior wall in Revit, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Dec 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Back to Basics with Revit Walls, Pt 3: Bringing It All Together - unlock adjacent layers to create brick ledge, join geometry of each exterior wall to adjacent foundation wall to make brick ledge consistent at corners of foundation walls, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Dec 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2011 - Type Catalogues - allows creating content on mass, specify exact type of family types to be loaded into project, Stuart Tanfield, CADline, Dec 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 5 - employ L-bracket with internal sharp corner to determine effect of subsequent mesh refinement on stress results, access mesh control to regulate maximum element size on selected entity, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Dec 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Design Rule Checks - An Introduction - visit command manager to access standard report template that is designed to scan project, click project tab to view list of DRC templates in SOLIDWORKS, Joe McDiarmid, HRS Blog, Dec 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Min & Max of Enterprise PDM: How to Force Users to Input into a Text Fields - enter minimum selection alone to allow user enter some minimum number of characters in description field, apply maximum character limit to restrict users from giving long directory names in SOLIDWORKS, Guy Edkins, CAPUniversity, Dec 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

Using SOLIDWORKS to Design a Ring - create outer diameter to insert wrap feature, extrude second cylinder, turn off merge check box, apply untrim command to restore holes in center of surface, set thickness when symbols are untrimmed, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Automating SOLIDWORKS for Pool Liner & Cover Design - import pool measure pro data, select CSV file, enter project information to create new pool project before importing pool data points in SOLIDWORKS, Eric van Essen, Javelin Technologies, Dec 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Detect Collisions in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Assemblies - steps to detect, resolve colliding surfaces within SOLIDWORKS assembly or design, Dean Kerste, YouTube, Dec 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Analysis Determines Luxury Hotel Curves Can Burn Poolside Guests - 57-story Las Vegas hotel's curves look beautiful but focus sun's rays into pool area, causing intense sunburn, even melting plastic; ray tracing was combined with multiphysics CAE to assess heat generated as sun sweeps across sky, Bridget Cunningham, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

French Mold Maker Integrates 3 Vero Software Packages - leading mold, die tool maker uses wax model injection technology, integrates WorkNC CAM software with WorkXplore 3D file viewer, WorkPLAN custom manufacturing solution, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Reengineering of a CAM Engine - new GibbsCAM UKM engine simplifies highly complex, multi-axis machines, software design allows easy geometry creation, toolpath strategies for complex machines, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more GibbsCAM articles, CAM articles)

The Value of Clean Modeling - finding, fixing flaws in Shaker trestle table model using SketchUp, David Heim, SketchUpdate, Dec 22, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

The Quick View Cube: A New Way to View Geometry - quickly manipulate modeling view, orient it to any of common orthographic projections in Solid Edge ST7, Steven Sheldon, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 22, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Kenesto: A Cloud PLM Collaboration Platform for SMBs - secure, hybrid, cloud-desktop collaboration platform provides project teams, users control of documents, designs with anytime, anywhere access, CIMdata, Dec 16, 2014 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

AECCafe's Year in Review - 2014 - Stratasys acquires GrabCAD, Autodesk announced own 3D printer, Ember, Hikvision integrates with BIM, Bentley's CONNECT Edition announced, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Dec 22, 2014 (more AEC articles, CAD industry articles)

InRoads Tip: Place Coordinate Grid - layout simple grid lines or points using place coordinate grid tool, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Dec 19, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

The 4 AutoCAD Demons of Revit Detailing - text from AutoCAD is converted to new Revit styles, all AutoCAD layers becomes new line style, AutoCAD line patterns comes over into Revit, visible hatches becomes new Revit filled region types, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Dec 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, Revit tutorials)

Inventor Opens and Closes at Splash Screen - locate, delete specific TSF.data file for Autodesk products, open task manager, look for presence of LMU.exe process, cancel process when found before stating program, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 14, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Quick Way to Find Number of Entities in Modelspace - employ LINQ to locate entities in modelspace without self-iterating in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Dec 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Vault - Cyclic Backup Script Using Rename - create backup by renaming routine instead of copying or moving to eliminate secondary write-time in Vault, Kim Hyde, CADline, Dec 19, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Open an InfraWorks Model in Civil 3D - launch Autodesk applications manager, locate, download, install Civil 3D 2015 update, toolbox of toolspace to configure exchange settings, select model to import, set coordinate system, refine selection set, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Dec 22, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Breaking Objects with MassFx in 3ds Max - prepare scene, install Fracture Voronoi script, fracture pillar, before breaking simulation in 3ds Max, Chandan Kumar, Cgtuts+, Dec 19, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Revit API: Align 2 Pipes Through Center Lines - obtain center line geometry objects from pipes via Element.get_Geometry(),create alignment via RevitDoc.Create.NewAlignment(), set ComputeReferences property, IncludeNonVisibleObjects to true in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Dec 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Adaptive Component - Everyday Uses, Pt 3 - create surface from single or multiple line(s), select desired lines, click on create form button to form solid or surface, generate sweep once all elements are selected in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Dec 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How Big is Your Toilet? - discusses Duravit collection that is modeled in Vanilla Revit, adds symbolics to elevations, masking region in basin’s plan view in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Dec 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Testing a Brand New Lenovo P300 Workstation - powerful engineering workstation has 3.6 GHz Intel Xeon X3 processor with 8MB cache, 8GB memory in one of 4 slots, NVIDIA Quadro 4000 GPU, solid customer support, Jim Lucas, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Lenovo ThinkStation P500: How to Optimize Your Mid-Range CAD PC Workstation - optimizing CPU, RAM, GPU; P500 is perfect for users doing heavy workloads on AutoCAD or comparable programs, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Dec 19, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation articles)

Broken-Out Section View in a Drawing - create broken-out section, draw in desired area where view will be located with spline tool, activate selection box, adjust depth of cut based on selection in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Dec 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Tips and Tricks, Pt 3 - using sorting, grouping commands, organizing filtering bill of characteristics by inspection method, filter editor to build more complex filters using Boolean operators, Mathieu Fourcade, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Dec 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Tips and Tricks, Pt 4 - rebuild inspection project to check for new, removed characteristics, use compare tool to 'superpose' 2 drawings to identify characteristics, Mathieu Fourcade, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Dec 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Sensor Tool - helps user to set parameters within model or assembly that can then be monitored by SOLIDWORKS as design is being developed, Nick Jones, Solid Solutions, Dec 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Tips: How to Get the Best Out the Optical Character Recognition Engine - employ OCR add-in for reading information from picture, recognizes types of dimension, notes, apply searchable text PDF to extract information from PDF in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Apps Blog, Dec 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Create Interactive Documents  - tips to develop interactive documents for end user using SOLIDWORKS Composer, Daniel Lubbe, YouTube, Dec 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Weldment Trim Properties  - discusses different properties within trim tool of weldment function in SOLIDWORKS, Dane Potter, YouTube, Dec 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Bloodhound Supersonic Car Tail-Fin Shear Plate Made with Delcam PowerMILL -PowerMILL was used to produce 5-axis NC program to machine shear plate, with its very demanding geometric forms, from single billet of aluminum, CADdigest.com, Dec 22, 2014 (more PowerMILL articles)

BIM in Russia: An Interview in buildingSMART UKI Bulletin Sheds Light on an Important Neighbor - industry experts Nick Nisbet, Marina Korol talk about changing attitudes towards BIM, types of projects in Russia using BIM, right technical skills, initiatives by Russian government to adopt BIM, isicad, Dec 21, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Bluesurf and the NURBS Mesh - creating Bluesurfs in various curve arrangements in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 19, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Engineering Gadgets and Gifts - list includes: HP's Sprout, giant Swiss army knife, Oculus Rift virtual reality system, Google Cardboard, Hendo hoverboard, DIY hoverboard, structure 3D sensor, Desktop Engineering, Dec 19, 2014 (more engineering articles)

Bring Response Surface Modeling to Car Design with modeFRONTIER's PowerFLOW Node - finding optimal designs in multivariable design spaces using modeFRONTIER, optimizing side mirrors for wind noise aeroacoustics, validating RSM, results with one-off cross validation, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Dec 19, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Autodesk Talks to Architosh About AutoCAD for Mac 2015 - Features, Parity and Market Segments - Micah Dickerson discusses latest features of AutoCAD for Mac 2015, growth of MAC despite market dispersion across varied industry segments, points dynamic block support, improved layer states, data linking access as winning features, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Dec 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD for Mac articles)

Attention AutoCAD New Users: One Word for You: P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E - check if commands require multiple entries or object selections before AutoCAD gets to drafting portion of command, utilize panning, zooming functions with wheel mouse appropriately while in command, MasterGraphics, Dec 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

My Fusion360 Wishlist - areas needing improvement: drawing section, component workflow, weldments, FEA analysis, handoff between Inventor, Fusion360, Thomas Rambach, CADToolbox.com, Dec 19, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Choosing a Network License Server Model for Your Autodesk Product - understanding pros, cons of single license, distributed license, redundant license server model that distributes product licenses of Autodesk, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 9, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Lighting Design and Analysis in Revit - define spatial geometry, surface reflectance, luminaire position to accurately calculate illuminance on surface, set model, surface reflectance, calculate light levels in space with new daylight design feature in ElumTools, Dan Stine, AUGI Library, Dec 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Cricket Adaptive Family for a Chimney and Roof, Pt 2 - employ reporting parameters to extract value from geometric condition, report data to formula or as schedulable parameter in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Dec 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rigs & Profiles - apply straight line rig for maintaining relationships between profiles that define lofted form, add rectangular profile in mix, open family to vary relative size/shape of profiles via input values in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Dec 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Mouse Modeling: 3DConnexion SpaceMouse Wireless - employ integrated surfacing tools inside SOLIDWORKS to create metal base of mouse, create housing using lofted profile, apply knit command to form control knob, add LED appearances before finalizing model, Sameer Qureshi, Solid Solutions, Dec 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - New in 2015: Dynamic Connectors - tips to simplify design, create electrical connectors using dynamic connectors in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Simulation Driven Product Design Webinar - discusses static analysis, trend tracker, fatigue analysis tools to tackle product design challenges in SOLIDWORKS, Arunachalam Thiraviam, YouTube, Dec 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Complete Package - Vectorworks Architect 15 has curtain walls to create curtain wall glazing systems, storefronts, new wall tool to lay out complex floor plans, improved support for DXF/DWG/DWF based workflows, deform tool for better direct modeling, David Chadwick, CAD User, Nov 2014 (more Vectorworks reviews)

Technology of the Year: The Internet of Things - IoT denotes advanced connectivity of devices, systems, services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications, can enable companies to establish secure connectivity, remotely monitor, manage wide range of machines, sensors, devices, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Dec 18, 2014 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

5 Interesting Developments for 3D Printing in 2015 - patents will help 3D printing grow, larger user base, no room for Luddites, regulations, more CAD software to integrate 3D printing, Mike Grauer, Inside 3DP, Dec 18, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Start Capturing Reality: What Every Structural Engineer Needs to Know - potential coordination issues to consider: confined spaces, temporary structures, data smoothing, analysis requirements, Kate Morrical, CADdigest.com, Dec 17, 2014 (more virtual reality articles)

Autodesk University 2014 - 3 focus areas: extend BIM across entire lifecycle of building, across all AEC disciplines, collaboration, evolution of design with advanced technologies, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Dec 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Evolution and Revolution at Autodesk University 2014 - global economy is undergoing fundamental changes in production, demand, innovation is most needed at intersection of hardware, software, materials, CIMdata, Dec 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Marco Mirandola from coolOrange Sits Down for a Chat with D&M at AU2014 - Q&A about role as CEO, selecting Powershell as scripting language, customization of Autodesk products changing with cloud, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Dec 19, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Making it Happen at Autodesk University 2014 - automating application of viewport scale, panning specific distance or to objects, Michael Beall, CADTutor, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Design Feed - It's Not Just for Fancy Chickens Anymore - allows adding/sharing messages or images to AutoCAD drawings through Autodesk 360, AutoCAD 2015 to store drawing locally on computer, check unique design feed ID of posts linked to drawing from server, Isaac Harper, AECCafe Blogs, Dec 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles, Autodesk 360 articles)

Modifying Techniques Using Multifunctional Grips - modify drawings to highlight multifunctional grips, specify direction to stretch, move rectangle, open multifunctional grip menu to indicate origin point, hatch angle, scale, update dimensions, convert spline in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, CAD Notes, Dec 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

How to Set the ADSKFLEX_LICENSE_FILE System Variable - click on system icon in control panel, open 'advanced system settings' link to check Windows version, tap environment variables, press new under system variables to add server name, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Dec 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoLISP: Make Perpendicular Line Between Two 3D Angles - find intersection of 2 parallel lines in 2D or 3D, set resultant points by invoking AutoCAD LINE command, AutoCAD Tips, Dec 18, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Balloon Notification in Status Bar Tray Item - create bubble notification message, run TRAYSETTINGS command to set display time in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Dec 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

White Christmas with Dynamo - C# MIDI Toolkit can load any MIDI file, tempo, time division values determine playback speed of MIDI file, Ben Goh, Dynamo, Dec 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Show Un-Circuited Electrical Devices in Revit - filter function from graphics panel to create custom view filter, visit desired view, visit visibility graphics overrides for view, add filters before picking override button under lines heading, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Dec 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Back to Basics with Revit Walls, Pt 1: Vertically Complex Wall Types - open preview pane to view compound wall, modify wall type preview to display section view direction, apply modify, split region, assign layers, merge regions, sweeps/reveals button tools to modify compound wall type vertically, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Dec 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Initial Parking Layouts and Schedules - employ parking bay families instead of individual parking spaces to allow easy changes in layout, share nested parking, filter for nested parking only to ensure that nested parking families schedule correctly in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Dec 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Getting Your Revit Model Back to Warp Speed, Scotty - apply UNC file name for server, set path to relative, manage worksets to speed up opening of file, visit check systems tools to locate errors in duct, pipe, circuits, David Butts, The MEP BIM Engineer, Dec 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Periodic Domain in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - pick 'edit definition' in computational domain to switch on periodic condition, set Zmax, Zmin values to periodicity, match flow conditions on one side of domain in Z axis with other, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Emailing Large SOLIDWORKS Parts - open file, suppress all features to reduce size of SOLIDWORKS file, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Quick Tip - Combine, Cavity, and Indent: What's the Difference? - understanding application of combine tool for adding/subtracting, cavity, indent tool for using cut option in SOLIDWORKS, Christopher Ma, HRS Blog, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Preventing Users from Checking In Files if References are Outside the Vault - visit user/group properties to change warnings behavior, select check-in from affected operation pull-down to pick outside SOLIDWORKS EPDM option, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Adding a Grid to Your Balloon Drawing - open grid section in drawing tab, visit grid properties section to choose grid that covers entire sheet or create grid of selected region, YouTube, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - FloXpress - discusses benefits of using SOLIDWORKS FloXpress, Charn Jivaphiaboonskdi, YouTube, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New Considerations When Upgrading to EPDM 2015 - download latest installer from SOLIDWORKS customer portal, obtain your EPDM serial number, block log-ins, turn off archive server service on all archive servers, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

Incremental Bending with SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal - using split face tool, projecting series of sketches onto faces where more bends were to be added, Josh Altergott, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

2014 3DEXPERIENCE Forum: Doing Business in the Age of Experience - Dassault Systemes continues to enhance its 3DEXPERIENCE platform messaging, continues to build out its platform with release of additional 'experiences,' CIMdata, Dec 17, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Engineers - OWI robotic arm, parrot rolling spider, math formulas tie, cams & cranks, remote controlled machines, Hanz inventor's kit, mug, Coolest cooler, Jawbone Up24, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Dec 16, 2014 (more engineering articles)

New SketchUp 2015 Announced - Q&A with John Bacus of Trimble about IFC import feature in SketchUp 2015, faster core modeling performance, Ruby API enhancements, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Dec 17, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

Future of Design: How Big Data Changes Everything You Know About Designing and Making Things - collecting actual information about performance creates baselines, understanding for subsequent designs or immediate updates, Phil Bernstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more CAD development articles, cloud articles)

Thinkbox Deadline 7 Offers Flexible Cloud Support - compute management solution for digital media assets includes spot rendering of selected regions, support for more products, sharding out of box, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Dec 16, 2014 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

AU 2014: A Potent Mix of Strategy and Tactics - rapid prototyping, other manufacturing technology advances are changing everything in manufacturing supply chain, infinite computing, ubiquitous connectivity changes everything, 3D printer Ember was unveiled, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Dec 17, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Understanding the CUI - select workspace from workspaces node in customizations pane, click on transfer tab of CUI Editor to import workspace to main CUIx file, customize toolbars, commands when CUI editor is open in AutoCAD Architecture, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Dec 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

How to Automatically Display the Plotting Scale on Your AutoCAD Drawing - start MTEXT command in AutoCAD, place text in title block, insert field inside text area, select layout for which scale is to be set, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD plotting tutorials)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Modifying Blocks - understanding pros, cons, process of exploding, redefining blocks, editing blocks in-place, block editor in AutoCAD, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Dec 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

How to Lock AutoCAD Drawing Files (.DWG) - set password from security options to protect DWG files from being viewed/stolen, visit DWF from export menu, change file name, destination folder or layer information before saving to export DWF file, Lisp Box, Dec 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Retrieving Property Values from Entity's COM Wrapper - method to retrieve properties of custom entity using IDispatch interface of COM wrapper in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Dec 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

.DWG's in Revit - Clean Them or Don't Use Them Ever - prepare .DWG, remove unnecessary geometry, verify if unnecessary geometry is properly removed before linking or using .dwg file anywhere in Revit, Fear and Loathing in a CAD vs BIM World, Dec 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Working with Points in AutoCAD Civil 3D - tips to import files based on various point file formats, apply point tools to create points, modify points once they are in Civil 3D drawing, Kayla Baum, Dec 17, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Electroplating Simulations for Printed Circuit Board Designers - design challenges of copper pattern plating process, manufacturing cost considerations, making simulations available with electroplating app in COMSOL Multiphysics, Mikael Fredenberg, COMSOL Blog, Dec 17, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Configuring Laptop Switchable Graphics for ANSYS Applications - identify graphics icon in task bar, open AMD Catalyst Control Center, click on 'add applications' button, browse to application that needs higher end graphics capability before selecting high performance option, Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Dec 17, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Stratasys Races from the Pole Position at Euromold 2014 - Stratasys CEO David Reis outlined 6-point strategy to lead in 3D printing, company is in leading vertical markets, building complete ecosystem, accelerating product development, Tom Lansford, Graphic Speak, Dec 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

CAMWorks Quick Tip - Backing Up and Restoring Your TechDB - launch SOLIDWORKS, CAMWorks, open CAMWorks options to check TechDB file location path that will allow creating back up copies of TechDB.mdb file, Hunter Cordeiro, HRS Blog, Dec 17, 2014 (more CAMWorks articles, SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Special Traits of the Bluesurf - Solid Edge Bluesurf works like loft, can accept roughly parallel curves or curves arranged like letter F, E, T, L, H, A, X, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 17, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Wicked Fast Study Variations - tips to create baseline, pressure vessel design studies that require numerous load-case permutations, open load case manager in SOLIDWORKS 2015 to study primary load cases, load case combinations, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Creating a Helix Spring with Variable Pitch and Diameter - create basic circle, set dimensions, visit curves feature to set helix/spirals, select variable pitch to define helix in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Creating Lids - tips to manually generate lids to apply boundary conditions for SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, SOLIDWORKS FloXpress, Charn Jivaphiaboonskdi, YouTube, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Drawings Top Ten List from Years Past: SWW2012 - implementation rate for drawings ideas from SWW12 list is 61%, Matt Lorono, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Dell Precision Helps Design the World's First Indestructible Cooler - YETI Coolers uses Dell Precision workstations, SOLIDWORKS to design best premium coolers, ultimate in design, performance, durability, Andy Rhodes of Dell, CADdigest.com, Dec 17, 2014 (more Dell workstation articles)

Internal Origin and User Origin in Vectorworks 2015 - 'center first import, align all subsequent imports' option to center first imported DXF file on internal origin, then subsequent DXF files imported will be aligned with the user origin such that objects will continue to have the correct coordinates, Jonathan Pickup, Archoncad, Nov 4, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Dell: Don't Handicap Your Engineers by Giving Them a Subpar Computer - Dell precision optimizer tool identifies apps like AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKS, changes hardware settings on system itself to eliminate bottlenecks in performance, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Dec 16, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

BIM Use in Retrofits: Ask the Right Questions First to Make the Job Easier - what should you model, how true is your model, who's modeling what, and how, Kate Morrical, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Reality Computing: Even Better Than the Real Thing? - reality computing is helpful in study of endangered coral reefs, restoration of historic building, customized shoe experience, construction industry, Heather Miller, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more CAD development articles, rapid prototyping articles)

GoBOXX SLM May Be the Lightest Mobile CAD Workstation - 15.6" screen has up to 3K resolution, has numeric keypad, but no trackpoint, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Dec 15, 2014 (more laptop articles)

Label the Scale of Individual Viewports - start MTEXT command in AutoCAD, specify 2 opposite corners of boundary box, insert field inside text area, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

Anonymous Blocks in AutoCAD - tip to explode anonymous blocks, apply Unanon.lsp routine for converting anonymous blocks to normal blocks in AutoCAD, Lisp Box, Dec 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Top 5 Reasons Why You May Receive a Serial Number Error During Activation - typos made during activation, AutoCAD serial number doesn't match product, invalid serial number, contact number is not matching, activation limit exceeded for license, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 15, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Exploding Unexplodable Blocks - open block definition dialog box, search unexplodable block, select 'allow exploding' option, pick block, enter X to make block to explode in AutoCAD, Lisp Box, Dec 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Resolving User Specific Issues by Resetting AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 - keep backup of any customized Civil 3D 2015 files before opening registry editor to delete specific key, open Windows Explorer to remove user's application folders, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 15, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

To Create Traverse Data in the COGO Editor - display COGO editor, ensure that entry tab is active, create new traverse if data is existing in COGO editor, specify point as first side type, list subsequent side types in Civil 3D, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 12, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Average Estimated Illumination and Gradient Color Fill Plans - place color fill legend anywhere in drawing area, select different color schema from list if displayed color fill legend does not reflect desirable color scheme in Revit model, Bill Johnson, Ideate, Dec 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Cricket Adaptive Family for a Chimney and Roof, Pt 1 - select adaptive points, visit properties palette, specify orientation under adaptive component section in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Dec 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Adaptive Component - Everyday Uses, Pt 2 - place reference points to create adaptive points, check 'is reference line' to change reference lines to model, select previously created points to create both lines, splines directly by clicking screen in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Dec 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

RevitAPI - Rebar.CreateFromCurves Throws: Unable to Create a RebarShape Based on the Given Curves - handling creation method overloads related to rebar in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Dec 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Revisions and Spline Leader - Drawing Enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - easy to access revision feature, automatic adding of zone location to revision table when placing revision symbol, improved bend tables, Michael Lord, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What's New in Enterprise PDM 2015: Top 5 - SolidNetwork license manager, move tree command, version column in Windows Explorer, workflow data mapping, system, performance improvements, Wayne Marshall, Solid Solutions, Dec 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Creating a Custom Project Template - tips to form customized template with settings that can be used to start ballooning any new drawing in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Dec 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Cooling Lines - discusses effect of cooling lines in virtual mold, resultant temperature profiles in SOLIDWORKS Plastics, David Waltzman, YouTube, Dec 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Pierce Relation - advantages of using pierce relation between points, curve instead of coincident relation in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Guide Curves - method to use guide curves for defining swept boss or cut in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating a Butterfly Roof in Vectorworks - use standard Vectorworks roof, edit it to make just half roof, then mirror roof to create other half, Jonathan Pickup, YouTube, Dec 6, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Introducing the Design Module - geometric tools in design module in COMSOL Multiphysics: loft, fillet and chamfer, midsurface and thicken, Lorant Olasz, COMSOL Blog, Dec 15, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Lenovo's Thinnest, Lightest Mobile Workstation Ever: The W550s - has 3K display, with 2880x1620 display across 15.6" screen, supports multiple monitors through real docking station, dedicated numeric keypad, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Dec 15, 2014 (more laptop articles)

Think Green: How to Recycle Stratasys 3D Printer Material Cartridges - complete form detailing return FDM items, generate UPS label for shipping, drop off boxes with label at any UPS store location, CAPUniversity, Dec 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AUGI Top 10 Wishes for AutoCAD from AU2014 - lock drawing order of specific objects, all windows to be resizable, modify cloud, text wrap in dimensions, OSNAP for center of polygon, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, Dec 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Expands Offer of Free Design Software for Education Worldwide - 'subscribe to Autodesk' sales model will give users access to all Autodesk products for single price from any machine, on any platform, anywhere in the world, Tom Sawyer, ENR.com, Dec 10, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Track the Time You Spend on a Drawing - use TIME command, express tool EDITTIME command tracks active editing time in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Exporting to DXF Tips - visit AutoCAD tools, options, click on DXF options tab, select objects for export to obtain nice clean DXF file, binary DXF files are usually faster to read, write compared to ASCII format DXF files, Lisp Box, Dec 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2012 - Putting Things Back to Normal - DSVIEWER, AUTOCOMPLETE, BLIPMODE commands, crosshairs, dashboard, dynamic input, graphic background, grid, startup performance to revert environment back to AutoCAD 2008 or earlier, Lisp Box, Dec 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

What is Loaded at AutoCAD Startup, and When? - Enterprise CUI files are loaded first followed by main CUI file, partial CUI files attached to main, any partial CUI files attached to Enterprise, Lisp Box, Dec 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Creating an Associative Fillet Operation Using ObjectARX - understanding realistic AutoCAD ObjectARX sample application that demonstrates tips to implement associative fillet functionality using AutoCAD associative framework, Jiri Kripac, Through the Interface, Dec 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Inventor iLogic Notes for Assembly Drawings - obtain file references by calling AllReferencedDocuments, understanding application of assembly component occurrences, functionalities associated with extracting each portion, John Evans, AUGI Library, Dec 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

AU Vegas and Retrieving Material and Bump Image Path - using Revit API to retrieve material appearance's generic, bump image file path, name, Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, Dec 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 R2 - Perspective View Changes - perspective view has editing tools, reset target tool, ability to toggle between perspective, parallel representations of 3D view, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Dec 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Plan by Floor Types - generate floor with finish layers that is located on structural floor, employ finish floor types by creating floor type with layers of finish floor, develop new floor in each of rooms in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Dec 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit's Most Hidden Commands, Pt 2: Tag Units - change number of decimal places on dimension based on project units or type properties method, select tag to edit type, family, project units in family, label in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Dec 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit: Proper Process for Upgrading Your Models - understanding process to create current version maintenance file locally, upgrade model locally, save upgraded file to network, create local files in Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Dec 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 4 - right click on study name, select properties to apply H-Adaptive, P-Adaptive solution methods to automate convergence process, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Dec 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Flatten a Hollow Cylinder - employ insert bends command that allows obtain flat pattern by selecting linear edge in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Exporting SOLIDWORKS Drawings as PNG Files - visit file, choose save as, options to adjust clarity, image quality of files before saving file as PNG type, Matt Herald, Fisher/Unitech, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Custom OCR and Balloon Settings - discusses settings, options that controls OCR accuracy, standard balloons added to project, YouTube, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2015 - Our Favorite New Features - Web2 client allows Chrome/Firefox users access vault, EPDM is integrated for MS Office documents, move tree tool comes with EPDM functionality, version column information is included in Windows Explorer, UI changes, Jordan Lemley, HRS Blog, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

Bringing Construction Planning to Life - Asta Powerproject works with IFC files, improves flow of data throughout building project, helping project managers visually link their management model with 3D model, David Chadwick, CAD User, Nov 2014 (more AEC articles)

Scan-Copy-Print - Epson offers SureColor SC-T7200MFP, SC-T5200MFP large format printers, has flexibility to digitize large-format hard copies, either scan-to-file, scan-to-email or scan-to-share with other SC-T printers, CAD User, Nov 2014 (more large format printer articles)

Getting the Best Desktop Virtualization Experience for CAD - invest in right hardware, good connection, choose right uses for desktop virtualization, CADspeed, Dec 10, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Maximize Process Efficiency - cooling simulation tools can help companies evaluate thermal management early to make informed decisions that will lead to reduced risk downstream, Matt Jaworski from Autodesk, MoldMaking Technology, Dec 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles, CAM articles)

My Stratasys Desktop 3D Printer is in Emulation Mode (What do I do?) - find copy of known good config files, replace them on printer, Dave Murawski, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Skycatch Makes 3D Models from Drone Photos - Skycatch brings together laser scanning, robotic drones, software data analysis to offer cheap, reliable way to scan large areas, Paul Munford, The CAD Insider, Dec 14, 2014 (more AEC articles, rapid prototyping articles)

AU 2014: Embracing a World of Design Disruption - Jeff Kowalski talked about Generative Design, free Autodesk software to all students, completely open source, Autodesk's 3D printer to be available early 2015, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Dec 12, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

5 Inventor Sketching Tips You Need to Know Right Now - create offset workplane while defining sketch plane, use sketches to define work features, slice graphics, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Dec 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Democratization of Simulation Takes Flight - make simulation easy for engineers, build application with simplified, dedicated UI, easy-to-understand results; new pricing schemes, community support make pricing of Simulation modeling apps affordable, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Engineering Tests Roll into Early-Stage Design - sequential processes, silos keep testing off track, system modeling drives earlier testing, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Q&A with Richard Doyle: How You Can Benefit from SWUGN - atmosphere at SWUGN event, members benefitting from networking at SWUGN event, getting involved in user groups, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Dec 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

EPDM - Permissions Per Folder/Assigned Folder Permissions - all folders are seen in vault in permissions per folder; only folders that user/group has been assigned permissions will be shown in assigned folder permissions, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Dec 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Mirror SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal with Flat Pattern - 'break link to original part' option in mirror part command determines if mirrored sheet metal will include flat pattern, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Dec 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Internet of Things Could Take the Guesswork Out of Design - access to real-time data from actual performance, use of smart, connected products can provide valuable feedback to improve quality, profitability of next-generation products, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

Review: Lenovo P300 ThinkStation - entry level professional workstation has Intel Xeon E3-1276v3 CPU, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 3GB graphics card, 8GB RAM, performs well for CAD, day to day engineering workflows, prices starts from US$729, John Evans, Design and Motion, Dec 12, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

A Platform to Reduce Product Complexity - platform-based design enables engineers to package, specify, document designs; challenges: Variants are invariably vexing, reuse, time, effort it takes to properly capture it, David Geer, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more engineering articles)

The Dark Side of 3D Printing - discussing limitations of STL file format, materials, process in 3D printing, hybrid fabrication approach that includes additive, subtractive technologies is preferred, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Dec 11, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Membrane Interface Improvements in Version 5.0 - changes in linear elastic material model of membrane interface in COMSOL Multiphysics, general changes that affect membrane interface, Ashish Kumar Singh, COMSOL Blog, Dec 11, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Improve Predictions, Map Fiber Orientation onto a Structural Mesh - Advanced Material Exchange software can incorporate fiber orientation of part, apply this information onto mesh, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Dec 11, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Conversations on 3D Printing and Architectural Design - Q&A with architect Alvin Huang about current state, future of architectural design, role of 3D printing, using Stratasys PolyJet 3D multi-material printer, Apollo Spiliotis, NOVEDGE, Dec 11, 2014 (more AEC articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Autodesk Reshapes Itself for the Future - Autodesk is developing goal-directed design system, will unveil new subscription option in 2015, making its Ember printer design, Spark software platform, printing materials all open-source, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Dec 11, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Program AutoCAD-Based Products Without an Object Model - building AutoLISP routine, executing command, Andrew Roe, Cadalyst, Dec 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

My New Block Attributes are Not Showing After Block Edit/Replace - open block in block editor, add another attribute before saving block, modify, synchronize block attributes to view updated attributes in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Dec 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

AutoCAD: Automation Error - Description was Not Provided - apply style manager to omit corrupt layer key, delete empty string in AecLayerKeyList function that is not valid input for name of layer key, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Dec 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, AutoLISP tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015 APIs Available via NuGet - select project, manage NuGet packages in Visual Studio project, search, install AutoCAD.NET, related assemblies, AutoCAD.NET.Core to create core console-compatible project, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Dec 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD.NET API is Now on NuGet.org - install NuGet package from Visual Studio IDE to automatically copy library files, update project, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Dec 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

AcquireFiles Download Not Fixing References of Renamed Files After Installing Update - keep back up of any customization done to SDK samples before uninstalling Vault API SDK, reinstall it to resolve issue, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Dec 11, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Types Not Supported by ElementClassFilter - list of element derived types, their substitutions as for Revit 2015, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Dec 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Standard vs Non Destructive Breaklines in Civil 3D - standard breakline alters original triangulation while non-destructive breakline maintains it but breakline adds extra triangles, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Dec 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Creating Coverages in Autodesk InfraWorks - tips to employ coverages to change display of terrain surface, change surface elevations using coverages in InfraWorks, Michelle Rasmussen, ASCENT Blog, Dec 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D articles)

Add 3D Model with Real Coordinates - turn on 'use load' option to obtain faceted model with smaller file size, export project base point as origin for fbx file, add fbx into InfraWorks file once exported before configuring file, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Dec 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Using a Shell Mesh with Thin Components - set up simple stress test to determine maximum force that baubles will withstand before breaking, define thin walled solid bodies, re-mesh model to create shell mesh in SOLIDWORKS, TMS CADCentre, Dec 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New Paperless Environments with Model Based Definition - understanding MBD, basic ideas required to obtain true model based definition in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Dec 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Creating a Custom Report Template, Pt 1 - apply template editor to map attributes to reports in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Dec 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Creating a Custom Report Template, Pt 2 - modify custom report template to include conditional formatting that reflects pass/fail conditions, YouTube, Dec 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Creating a Custom Report Template, Pt 3 - add footer note to template to ensure that it works fine with any size project, YouTube, Dec 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Interpolation is the Name of the Game - surface types available in Solid Edge: extrude/revolve, Bluesurf, swept, bounded, redefine, ruled, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 10, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Create Polygon Clip Surface with Vectorworks - draw, replicate plaster using create poly from inner boundary, clip surface, Jonathan Pickup, YouTube, Dec 6, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)